In the early 20th century, a remarkable renaissance emerged in Harlem. On the historic heels of the Great Migration, a mass exodus of over six million African Americans fleeing the segregated South, the New York City neighbourhood became a cultural hub for Black creatives. While a wealth of figures formed this “golden age” of art, music, and literature, the contributions of sculptor Augusta Savage can be found at its core. Augusta Savage learned both art and adversity at a very early age. As a child growing up in Florida in the 1890s, she taught herself to sculpt using the red clay of the local brickyard. “From the time I can first recall the rain falling on the red clay in Florida, I wanted to make things,” she said. “When my brothers and sisters were making mud pies, I would be making ducks and chickens with the mud.” While she was a skilled ceramicist her in own right, Savage considered the impression she left on her students to be her true masterpiece. “I have created nothing really beautiful, really lasting, but if I can inspire one of these youngsters to develop the talent I know they possess, then my monument will be in their work,” she said.
Ah—Beirut, they say, / is like a bride in a white flowing dress / running along the Corniche
There once was a man who dreamt of being alive. Who dreamt of pain, and noise, and light.
Old Griff had pigs. Only two and always the same two, in one of those chicken-wire-bedframes and sheets-of-iron pens...
that she should bid the clay and plaster sing: / the chorus, draped in gowns, by height ascending
From the beauty of an idea, comes the beauty of its parts, and not the other way round.
You’re held inside this story. It repeats, / child witness of the snipped-off lives, / malicious massacre at Karbala.
In the middle of a night walk, / A bolt has retrieved the light of the streets; / And out there, in the abysmal strait
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