First values 4: the common work of the tribe: War


As a poet I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the late Paleolithic;


the fertility of the soil,

the magic of animals,

the power-vision in solitude,

the terrifying initiation and rebirth;

the love and ecstasy of the dance,

the common work of the tribe.


Gary Snyder, American born 1930, in Earth House Hold, 1969






An engraving of the Battle of the Ten Nudes

 Antonio del Pollaiuollo, 1432-1498. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY





War Series, 1946, 1947, tempera on board.


Jacob Lawrence, 1917-2000.  Whitney Museum of (North) American Art, NY




Prayer, 1947



Shipping Out, 1947



Another Patrol, 1946




Alert, 1947



Docking-Cigarette, Joe? 1947




On Leave, 1947



The Letter, 1946




Beachhead, 1947




How Long?,1947




Purple Hearts, 1947




The Secretary of State Regrets, 1947





Going Home, 1947




Reported Missing, 1947




Victory, 1947