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 other writers and artists such as Carson McCullers, Richard Wright, 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 Greenpoint on Alternative Apparel keeper vintage jersey tees for a luxurious softness. 50% cotton / 50% polyester. Bound collar and blind stitching on sleeves and bottom hem. Tear-away tag.