The Washington Monument reopens to the public today. The monument has been closed for repairs since the 5.8 earthquake damaged it in August of 2011.
The 555-foot-tall marble obelisk is an instantly recognizable landmark today—but here’s a proposal from Montgomery C. Meigs in 1877 on how to complete the monument.
The Washington Monument was completed in two phases of construction: one private (1848-1854) and one public (1876-1884). At one point, the monument stood partially finished, construction halted for two decades. The Washington National Monument Society had a change in leadership, then went backrupt, and the architect died.
Finally, in July 5, 1876, Congress assumed the duty of funding and building the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers resumed construction. The Washington Monument was dedicated on February 21, 1885.
Image: National Archives Identifier 6087992
National Poetry Month: Q&A with Michelle Chan Brown
Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent was the winner of the 2011 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Witness and others. A Kundiman fellow, Michelle received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was a Rackham Fellow. She was a Tennessee Williams scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and received scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference. Her chapbook, The Clever Decoys, is available from LATR Editions. She lives with her husband, the musician Paul Erik Lipp, in Washington D.C., where she teaches, writes, and edits Drunken Boat.
1. What does it mean to you to be a poet in/from our nation’s capital?
I can claim semi-native status in D.C., and I’m energized, puzzled, excited, befuddled, and curious about the city’s changes (landscape, mood) since my 80’s/90’s childhood here.
I veer between cynicism and optimism. I see a city that’s wrestling, actively with its identity, especially as a cultural center. I’m intrigued that bureaucracy/art isn’t a binary here anymore, especially as I bike/run through neighborhoods like Shaw and Bloomingdale, and I’m grateful for the places that have remained—P&P, for one.
2. Name one other poet who has influenced you profoundly and why.
I’m influenced by any poet that combine philosophical rigor with syntax and sound as emotional conduits: Plath, Thylias Moss, Darcie Dennigan, Srikanth Reddy.
3. Recommend one print and one online publication you think everyone should read this month.
There are so many beautiful, challenging, and innovative journals online—difficult to choose! I’m Poetry Editor of Drunken Boat, which is doing some outstanding new folios and always presents work that combines experimentation with accessibility with a sense of poetics beyond the U.S. Others: The Collagist, Better, Phantom Limb, diode, Diagram, Lana Turner, POOL…
I’d also recommend Beltway Poetry Quarterly—Kim Roberts curates excellent work with a D.C. bent.
Marvin Gaye was born 75 years ago today in Washington, D.C. I can hardly believe that he was stolen from us 30 years ago. He is shown here, looking as smooth as ever in 1966. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.
Mark Jenkins is back! New sculptures in Georgetown. Photos by Sarah Rosner.
Henry V. Tony Cisek.
2013, Folger Theatre, Washington, DC
Scenic Design—Tony Cisek
Costume Design—Mariah Hale
Lighting Design—Andrew F. Griffin
Henry V, King of England—Zach Appelman
Bishop of Ely, Bardolph, Williams—Louis Butelli
Nym, Westmoreland, Burgundy—Michael John Casey
Grey, King of France, Salisbury—Edward Christian
Katherine of France, Boy—Katie deBuys
Mistress Quickly, Alice, Bates—Catherine Flye
Exeter, MacMorris—Chris Genebach
Scroop, Constable of France—Pomme Koch
Bishop of Canterbury, Fluellen—Cameron Pow
Cambridge, Dauphin—Andrew Schwartz
Chorus, Montjoy, Governor of Harfleur, Jamy, Erpingham—Richard Sheridan Willis
Musician, Gower—Jessica Witchger
Christ, citing the relevant designers and cast in these pictures was easy. It’s almost as if someone running this blog were just unwilling to do so.
Info also found at Tony’s website: http://tonycisek.com/section/366713_HENRY_5.html
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