Aesthetic Realism Looks at New York City: Poetry



Eli Siegel


Photography Includes Time and History,
and New York

New York was there in 1644,
And might have been seen.
What about 1784?
New York might have been seen.
What about St. Mark’s Place,1804?
It might have been seen;
It might have been photographed,
Though it wasn’t.
We see time.
Time is in any photograph.
Peter Stuyvesant is waiting to be photographed.
So are you.
Two things can be looked at:
1884 and St. Mark’s Place,
And your face.


From The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known,
#1815, February 15, 2012