Salvador Dali ~ "The Poetry of America", 1943
"Dali painted this piece while he and Gala were in exile in the United States during World War II. Through his surrealist lens, popular sporting events such as football and baseball represented the poetry of American popular culture. Dali never comprehended the strategy of either game very well; instead, his creative mind was captivated by the pageantry, the costumes, and the artful maneuverings of the athletes.
He seems to pay special tribute to Black athleticism by the football-clutching African-American figure emerging trophy-like from the back of one of the main players, but at the same time is widely acknowledged as representing Dali’s concern or premonition of forthcoming conflict in America between the races. This is symbolized by a map of Africa hanging from the watch tower in the background – soft and misshapen, as if in uncertain transition.” <source>
Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain and an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Does that answer your question?
Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.