Liza Kirwin’s 10 Favorite Lists from the Smithsonian’s Archives


Charles Green Shaw, “The Bohemian Dinner” poem, undated. Charles Green Shaw papers, 1874–1979. Archives of American Art. Smithsonian Institution.

9. Charles Green Shaw (1892–1974)
Born into wealth, painter Charles Green Shaw reveled in a glamorous 1920s New York social scene. A satirical journalist, painter, defender of avant-garde art, children’s book author, illustrator, playwright, and a master of the bon mot, Shaw explored his passions through multiple means. His poems often consisted of short declarative phrases. One of my favorites is “The Bohemian Dinner,” in which Shaw creates a literary abstraction of an experience in list form — from “The ride downtown” to “The limping home” and then to “The bed.”