“Where Will You Spend Eternity,” about how small cities and towns struggle to adapt to our fast changing world
Roaming around Utica’s crumbling old factory buildings and rubble strewn railroad tracks often brings to mind the poem “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley, about hubris and the decline of civilizations….which ends with the lines
“…..nothing beside remains.....Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
the lone and level sands stretch far away.”
Utica is a former industrial town that is ever seeking to renew its commercial base and identity. Recent waves of immigration from the war zones in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa are helping stem the steady population decline - and a “rust to green” project initiated through Cornell University hopes to help promote better integration of urban, ecological and community systems and needs.”-
“Where Will You Spend Eternity” is about the complexity, drama and poetry of this time and place with a touch of irony and compassion.