Asleep Are The Ranks of The Dead, (Francis Miles Finch 1827-1907)

Date:
2010
Medium:
Mixed media, a collaboration of Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong
Dimensions:
34 x 17 ¼ inches - Framed: 40 ½ x 22 ½ x 14 inches
Credit Line:
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

With this title, Grooms alludes to a line in the mournful Civil War poem The Blue and the Gray, from which he also took the name of this exhibition. Francis Miles Finch, who authored the poem, was an American judge and Cornell University academic, whose poems were only published after his death. Moved by the story of women in Columbus, Mississippi, who tended the graves of soldiers on both sides, Finch wrote:

By the flow of the inland river,
Whence the fleets of iron have fled,
Where the blades of the grave-grass quiver,
Asleep are the ranks of the dead:
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day;
Under the one, the Blue,
Under the other, the Gray.