K. Hazzard



     

 

Chicago / Pianola Roll

(gelatin silver print by Edmund Teske, 1938

 

 

 

Wrapped in its paper shawl,

becoming

                    brush and non-brush,

        that field has style

 

A far cry

                    from the wrapping table

                    at Mandel Brothers Department Store*

 

                    where he worked as a boy,

                    before becoming

 

                          Californian,

 

one of Wright’s “free fashioners,”

fond of “organic unfoldment,”

 

with an eye for obsolescence

 

Nearly twenty years later, 1955:

his abandoned ice-box series,

 

   each portrait not his father,

   Chicago ice-vendor

 

 

*                                 mandel

 



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