“Steel and Air”

A new motionpoem, adapted by Sparky Stories from John Ashbery’s untitled prose poem:

And now I cannot remember how I would have had it. It is not a conduit (confluence?) but a place. The place, of movement and an order. The place of old order. But the tail end of the movement is new. Driving us to say what we are thinking. It is so much like a beach after all, where you stand and think of going no further. And it is good when you get to no further. It is like a reason that picks you up and places you where you always wanted to be. This far, it is fair to be crossing, to have crossed. Then there is no promise in the other. Here it is. Steel and air, a mottled presence, small panacea and lucky for us. And then it got very cool.

John Ashbery

Copyright © 1988, 1992, 2000, 2007 John Ashbery. First published in Hotel Lautréamont (Knopf, 1992)





We wanted to give the city of Minneapolis–and you!–a gift, so we commissioned Sparky Stories’ filmmakers Nick and Chris Libbey to create a new motionpoem, “Steel & Air,” based on Ashbery’s prose poem that graces the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge connecting the Walker’s Sculpture Garden to Loring Park.