email@example.com (Katie) / firstname.lastname@example.org (Jack Lynch):Idiot Wind, blowing like a circle around my skull Idiot Wind, from the Grand Coulee Dam to the Capitol
It was 1941, and Guthrie had been hired for $266.66 to spend a month writing songs for the fledgling Bonneville Power Administration in praise of the development of water. "Jackhammer Blues," "New Found Land," "Pastures of Plenty," "Eleckatricity and All," "Ballad of the Great Grand Coulee." It was a time of almost mystical enthusiasm. The young engineers ... were going to wrestle the energy from rivers, cultivate the deserts, and put American to work. And after years of dustblown expectations, young Americans could suddenly be part of the mightiest thing. Concrete! Work! Adventure! Power! .... .... The Allies' air superiority in World War II was built in part by new aluminum plants in the region, which were fired by Columbia River dams. - Michael Parfit, "When Humans Harness Nature's Forces," 1993:13 _National Geographic_ 56So Woody was a kind of poet laureate of a mammoth public works project. His role and the result reminds me of the 1930s' Social Realism art that adorns so many government buildings of that era: muscular Everymen and -women in heroic tributes to industry and agriculture. The ties of the Columbia River system of dams to industrial output and, thence, to military materiel make Woody's efforts paens to the building blocks of a military-industrial complex.