The Wound-Dresser

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1997
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This piece includes an excerpt from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. It reads: "Thus in silence in dreams' projections,/Returning, resuming, I thread my way through the hospitals;/The hurt and wounded I pacify with soothing hand,/I sit by the restless all dark night - some are so young;/Some suffer so much - I recall the experience sweet and sad.../"

The poetry installation (a collaboration between WMATA and the DCCAH) is part of a commemoration of long-term caregivers, especially for those with HIV/AIDs. DCist notes that "the selection actually cuts off the last two lines of the poem, which read, in a parenthetical: '(Many a soldier's loving arms about this neck have cross'd and rested, Many a soldier's kiss dwells on these bearded lips.)'"Ward One Councilmember Jim Graham initiated this project, and it was one of the first public art projects which focused on poetry as art.

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DCArts
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Above escalators decending into north Dupont Circle metro entrance at Q St & Conn Ave NW.

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