The collage takes its name from the poem “A Fountain in the Street” in John Ashbery’s newest collection Breezeway. Ashbery prefaced the poem with an epigraph from the poet Larry Fagin. I’ve been unable to find the poem, but its title, “Content Is a Glimpse,” likely refers to a comment made by Willem de Kooning: “Content, if you want to say, is a glimpse of something, an encounter, you know, like a flash – it’s very tiny, very tiny, content.” The collage does contain a fountain and visual allusions to fountains, but offers overall only a glimpse of the content of the poem.
Carl Nielsen, Serenata in Vano (1914; for clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello, and double bass)
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Credits: The text in the collage is the title of the Ashbery poem to which the collage relates. The collage and its photographic image, as always on the blog unless otherwise indicated, are mine.