• Vol. 03
  • Chapter 04
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American Gothick

That lancet window
under the tympanum
with its Y-tracery–

Not so much Gothic,
with its 'barbarous German style'
(cf. Chartres, Salisbury, Rievaulx)

As Gothick:
Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole,
The Castle of Otranto.

For this man,
believing he has fashioned his house
after the worshipful stone monuments of his forefathers,

It must have come as a shock to find
his wooden villa has become
a horror story.

See pitchfork,
the black pall curtain;
Strawberry Hell?