The Poetry of Architecture: the Library of Congress Gets Revised

In case you did not already know, this is National Poetry Month. This constitutes my obligatory poetry post.

I recently saw two books that describe architecture as a poetic endeavor: John Ruskin’s 1893 Poetry of Architecture and Randall Alan Stauffer’s 1989 Architectural Poetry: Study of Spatial and Temporal Expression. If this analogy is valid, then the Library of Congress is without a doubt America’s greatest epic poem. And it is still being written. Or, at least, it is being edited and revised. See the LOC’s latest “lyrical” improvements:

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