May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame.
—W. H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
In the fall of 1939, shortly after writing his landmark poem "September 1, 1939" on the German invasion of Poland and the outbreak of WWII, W. H. Auden moved to Brooklyn, where he did some of his greatest work. He first lived at 1 Montague Terrace in Brooklyn Heights, then moved a few blocks away a year later into the famous "February House" at 7 Middagh St, where he lived with several other writers and artists, including Carson McCullers, Benjamin Britten and Jane and Paul Bowles.
We celebrate Auden with #39 to commemorate the year he wrote "September 1, 1939" and began living in Brooklyn.
Screen printed locally at Pete's Print Shop in Williamsburg on Alternative Apparel 100% organic cotton tees, finished with a specialty satin garment wash for a luxurious softness. Ribbed collar and blind stitching on sleeves and bottom hem. Discharge water-based ink for a distressed look and an extra soft hand.