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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Volume 31, pg 18, November 9, 1917; deconstructed notebook pages pasted into commercially made composition notebook, 7 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Volume 31, pg 18, November 9, 1917; deconstructed notebook pages pasted into commercially made composition notebook, 7 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Nov 9, 1917 -

     I was painting down by the railroad, on the hill above were the foreigner’s shacks; a locomotive, the kind that shifts back + forth like animals, shrieked; the [not decipherable] over the town was startling; the engine began a deep vibrating boom that shook the earth + then stopped. It was very quiet, from the chimney’s smoke went straight up into the hazy air –

     This is the powerful freakish poetry of the town.

                   _____

     Up New garden street a band started to play.  They were having sport, each one played as queer as 

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  • Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Volume 31, October 8, 1917 - January 11, 1918; deconstructed notebook pages pasted into commercially made composition notebook, 7 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

    Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Volume 31, October 8, 1917 - January 11, 1918; deconstructed notebook pages pasted into commercially made composition notebook, 7 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives