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The Red Wheelbarrow

We live above a wonderful English language bookstore named The Red Wheelbarrow. The staff couldn't be friendlier, and the selection is impressive considering the store's petit footprint. This morning Evan vaguely remembered that William Carlos Williams wrote a poem titled The Red Wheelbarrow, and raised the question of the bookstore's connection to it. The shop wasn't open at the time, so I did a little googling. Though the question of the bookstore's name remains unanswered, I did stumble upon the poem: The Red Wheelbarrow so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. According to my ten minute crash course, Carlos wished to break free from the symbolism and complicated forms common during the Victorian period in honor of that which was more direct and realistic. His work was part of the Imagist movement, whose writers favored clarity and precision over allusion and ambiguity. Given the double talk coming from wall street and the economic powers that be lately, I can't help but think how much America would benefit if those pulling the financial strings would adopt a similar approach. Direct talk? Realistic talk? Straight-up, say-what-you-mean talk? Yes, please.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Jessica G.

That poem is so fresh and lovely! As for “Direct talk?”, yes please.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

How about an update with the economy in mind?

so much depends

a confident


without greedy

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by bananaicecream

Your so lucky to have that store near by.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lisa D

I was in Paris for a couple of weeks last summer and stumbled upon this bookstore & just love it! The shop owner was so so sweet!

You live in my favorite area of Paris! Reading your blog makes me miss Paris so much!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kasey

love the poem.
love the book .

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by sarah

Although I’ll always love allusions, being direct definitely has it’s place. Especially today.

And your version is spot on. Damn those greedy bankers!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by the espinozas

nice! and what beautiful wooden drs next door.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by H

I came across your blog yesterday, and I absolutely love it! Your photos are so beautiful and inspiring! Je t’aime Paris!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Hazel – It is at 24 Rue St. Paul in the Marais.

Definitely go!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by The Clever Pup

Where is The Red Wheelbarrow. I’ll need to know the address for next time because my husband is a used-book fanatic.


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