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Sold Eels

Jul, 06 2020 | no responses

Photo by Biodiversity Heritage Library In the end what I know about earth is what was sold to me. What I know about myself is what I wouldn’t buy. One man sold eels. They hung oddly muscular from the stand’s brow or just beveled on ice. It stands to reason an eel could meet the […]

The Mills

Jul, 06 2020 | no responses

Photo by Joe Crowley The Mills The mills are on fire in Sanford, Maine. I’m three thousand miles away in Southern California, and I watch the clips on Facebook and local news websites. They’re saying arson, troubled boys who played with fire in the long-abandoned brick buildings. Flames devour disintegrated cardboard and century-old, oil-soaked innards […]

Alt/Nature

Jul, 06 2020 | no responses

Photo by Srikanth Jandhyala Light first enters the Sonoran Desert at Sinaloa. Wraps it over the northern gulf where life includes endangered horned lizards that can fit in the palm of one’s hand. Once plentiful in North America, the species is threatened through predation by domestic dogs and the displacement of compatible prey. Among known […]

Kwashiorkor

Jul, 06 2020 | no responses

Photo by Marcie Casas These days she moved through the world with the sense that she had either escaped from prison or been set free. The relief never left her; no matter what she did or thought about, it ran beneath—a current of euphoria at finding herself on the other side of captivity. A dozen […]

Variations on the Interior of a Moment

Feb, 20 2020 | no responses

Photo by John Fowler Here’s the cat. The stars. Water boiling. “Oh, I never thought that would be.” Seven minutes and forty-three seconds into Brahms’s Fifth Symphony. A shotgun blast. Sun on the empty chairs. Rattle of most anything, something on the roof. Rattle of most anything, something on the roof. A shotgun blast. Seven […]

Model Homes

Feb, 20 2020 | no responses

Photo by Best Picko Home In 1993, the British artist Rachel Whiteread was commissioned to create a sculpture similar to an earlier work, Ghost, which had involved casting an empty North London apartment in concrete and presenting its interior, solidified. The new sculpture would incorporate the same process, this time utilizing an entire house, the […]

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