“I saw a man pursuing the horizon” (1898)
At once both deeply cynical about the core of human existence (and the speaker/poet’s ability to change it) and yet somehow humanistic and hopeful as well, an uneasy and important balance in all of Crane’s works.
Next poem tomorrow,
PS. Favorite American poems, por favor!
4/11 Memory Day nominee: Jane Bolin, whose pioneering life of firsts culminated with her appointment as the first African American woman judge, and whose critical and impassioned perspectives on the core historical issues of the 20th century are just as inspiring as her professional trailblazing.