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.

Artwork
"Anecdote of a Jar" (For Wallace Stevens) 2020
Photograph of 9X12 inch oil on canvas painting
Constance Mallinson @makepaintinggreatagain

Poem
Anecdote of the Jar
Wallace Stevens

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