My country in 1915 (…searching for my country…)
Born in 1864, Bolton Brown was one of the original founders of the Byrdcliffe Colony in Woodstock, NY, part of what is now referred to as the Woodstock Art Colony. His art was primarily lithography, but he experimented with a range of painting styles from the 1890s through the 1920s.
The iridescent vibrations of midsummer light
Dancing, dancing, suddenly flickering and quivering,
Like little feet or the movement of quick hands clapping,
Or the rustle of furbelows, or the clash of polished gems.
The sparkling mosaic of the mid-day light
Colliding, sliding, leaping and lingering:
Oh, I could lie on my back all day,
And mark the mad ballet of the midsummer sky.
1915 — Irradiations — John Gould Fletcher
Born in 1886 in Arkansas, John Gould Fletcher was an imagist poet and the first poet from the Southern U.S. to win the Pulitzer Prize. In the 1930s, Fletcher was one of the Southern Agrarian writers who grounded their art in the lives and imagery of the South instead of urban and industrialist themes prevalent in American modernism. In defending the South, the Southern Agrarians were attacked for affiliating with a racist society and the lost cause of the confederacy. Most were racist and did believe in segregation, although one, Robert Penn Warren, came around by the 1960s to support an integrated, multiracial, and non-discriminatory society and country.