K. Hazzard



Chicago: Pianola Roll

(gelatin silver print by Edmund Teske, 1938)




Wrapped in its binary shawl,


                    brush and non-brush,

        that field has style


A far cry

                    from the wrapping table

                    at Mandel Brothers Department Store*


                    where he worked as a boy,

                    before becoming




one of Wright’s “free fashioners,”

fond of “organic unfoldment,”


with an eye for obsolescence




Nearly twenty years later, 1955:

his abandoned ice-box series,


   each portrait not his father,

   Chicago ice-vendor



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