The descent beckons
As the ascent beckoned
This poem is part of WCW’s longest work (we’re talking 5 BOOKS long) called Paterson — named for Paterson, NJ. Paterson’s kind of ghetto these days
but when WCW was a kid growing up 10 mins from there, it was rolling in dough — mostly because of its waterfall.
See, Paterson’s got the second-tallest falls on the East coast (after Niagara Falls) and for years a bunch of factories and industry used the falls for power.
Point is: the “descent” is the water falling over the falls — which makes the poet think about themes like the cycles of nature, rebirth, “renewal,” “awakening” etc.
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