Angela Ball – Grottoes and Their UsesAngela Ball
Grottoes and Their Uses
“. . . grottoes that were artificial had, to begin with, severely practical purposes: like the
marvelous vaults the Romans built as part of hydraulic projects.” – Susan Sontag
Grottoes are human-made concavities.
My first grotto:
A roadside niche
Containing a statuette of the Virgin
Dressed in gold
And crowned with blue lights.
The first luxury hotel for Black Americans,
In Washington, DC, cost over
Boasted a grotto
Are exceptionally plain
Grottoes, but intercourse
Sometimes makes up for that.
When people write things on walls
They are creating a grotto.
Every church needs a grotto
As its id.
The center of Rome is one enormous grotto,
As is the Mall of America. The Middle Ages
Are sometimes considered a grotto: this may
Or may not be correct.
When a chef piles foodstuffs on top
Of each other, she makes it possible
To eat a grotto—which you can also do
If you have one of those chocolate eggs
With a separate reality.
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