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The following poem is a re-post from a few months ago. Back in March, we were excited to give attention to the Poetry Foundation's DC Poetry Tour, a multimedia tour that reveals our nation's capital through the eyes of its great poets. It seems more appropriate now to highlight the tour again -- and the poem -- now that it's July and thousands of tourists are visiting Washington, D.C., where the NewsHour is located. It's also very, very hot here, and this poem offers nice respite to the heat.
July in Washington
By Robert Lowell
The stiff spokes of this wheel
On the Potomac, swan-white
Otters slide and dive and slick back their hair,
On the circles, green statues ride like South American
prongs and spearheads of some equatorial
The elect, the elected . . . they come here bright as dimes,
We cannot name their names, or number their dates--
but we wish the river had another shore,
distant hills powdered blue as a girl's eyelid.
that only the slightest repugnance of our bodies
"July in Washington" is also included in the Poetry Foundation's DC Poetry Tour, a multimedia tour that reveals our nation's capital through the eyes of its great poets. Lowell, who was Poet Laureate from 1947-48, spent time in the nation's capital.
From the halls of the federal buildings to neighborhood side streets, the tour features poems written in and about Washington, D.C., as well as photographs by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis. The tour can be taken online or downloaded at www.poetryfoundation.org/gallery/walking-tours, and is available for download via iTunes. (Disclosure: The Poetry Foundation also funds the NewsHour's poetry coverage
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