Wallace Stevens on how “constructive building” is “a producing that brings something forth.”

Wallace Steven’s poem “Anecdote of a Jar”  reads almost like a condensed essay response to Heidegger’s Building Dwelling Thinking:

Anecdote of a Jar

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.

It took dominion everywhere.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.

 

— Edward Morris

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