When you’ve looked at enough goddamn John Sloan paintings to last you a lifetime and anything is better painted over William Holman Hunt’s Isabella and the Pot of Basil.
Portrait of Elaine de Kooning’s portrait.
To be north is to be above water,
to be above ground,
to be in the sky.
To be north is to be high.
To be north is to see the northern lights.
To be north is to be above it all.
To be north is to be with the people.
Poem and photo by Annette Nichols