Avocado Sunset, St Louis, Missouri
i had the privilege of visiting St Louis when i wrote the 'Plains States' for the first Lonely Planet US guide. i was fascinated with St Louis as one of my heroes Thomas Stearns (TS) Eliot was born in that city. He said that it inspired 'The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock', one of my all-time favorite poems. Here is what wiki says:
'In 1915 Ezra Pound, overseas editor of Poetry magazine, recommended to Harriet Monroe, the magazine's founder, that she publish "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock". Although the character Prufrock seems to be middle-aged, Eliot wrote most of the poem when he was only 22. Its now-famous opening lines, comparing the evening sky to "a patient etherised upon a table," were considered shocking and offensive, especially at a time when the poetry of the Georgians was hailed for its derivations of the 19th century Romantic Poets. The poem follows the conscious experience of a man, Prufrock (relayed in the "stream of consciousness" form characteristic of the Modernists), lamenting his physical and intellectual inertia, the lost opportunities in his life and lack of spiritual progress, with the recurrent theme of carnal love unattained. Critical opinion is divided as to whether the narrator leaves his residence during the course of the narration. The locations described can be interpreted either as actual physical experiences, mental recollections, or even as symbolic images from the sub-conscious mind, as, for example, in the refrain "In the room the women come and go." '
Across the 'river' from St Louis's famous arch are the Cahokia Mounds - hence the dream-catcher above. i have visited there also and i was fascinated with the pivotal location of the site, at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. For more on these see Another Roadside Attraction - the Treasure Hunt in this site. I left pounamu (greenstone) in many locations in the US when i was on my spirit quest - but not here under the arch. So with Google's Street cam, a wiki download and a painting of greenstone/pounamu (from Kuri's Big OE) amends have been made. Bernice, a friend of Ms P's, decided to send a message into the ether to her late father. Don, also born in Missouri, i hope you get this by ether-mail.
courtesy of Picasa 3, SmugMug, Google and Mozilla Firefox 2009