Second synesthesia

if you are thirsty for water but not water remember all the places that say its shape. * the river confluence of your palmlines * the tributaries of cracked leaf held to light * the braiding-in streams of antler, dropped at autumn’s bend into winter: water, shed. * and if you are cold, in that […] …

Second synesthesia

Oh, To Follow the Road That Leads Away From Everything

Driving in a foreign country is a good way to turn your head inside out. It shakes the cobwebs and forces you to rearrange the heavy furniture of your mind. You need to make room for thoughts such as 10 mil is how many pesos is how many dollars? And what is the phrase for […] …

Oh, To Follow the Road That Leads Away From Everything

Guest Post: The Power of Water and Its Absence

As I put today’s fifth pot of water on the stove to boil, I think about how this has become part of my daily routine. Bring 5 quarts of water to a boil, set the timer for 3 minutes, pour some in the French press to brew coffee, use some to wash out the dog […] …

Guest Post: The Power of Water and Its Absence

Destruction Can Be An Act of Creation

This is a picture of a rift in our world. It was taken June 21 at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, in a rip called Fissure 8. What a remarkably utilitarian name for a tear in the planet. I was captivated by images like these all summer, and I forgot about them when my attention turned to […] …

Destruction Can Be An Act of Creation

No empty earth

I don’t know when I first saw Cisco, Utah. My early memory of it is imprecise, gathered from a series of impressions over years into one blurry composite. A crumbling edifice of corner store, covered in a mural of eagle and mountains that is in turn covered in black scrawls of graffiti. Dead cars. Piles […] …

No empty earth