[elegy for the moment i knew my father]

i know how deep they plant the dead.

have stood sleeves rolled at the foot of a grave,

something unmarked but prepared.

when my father dies, i will pour water

on the grass. i will trim the vines that grow

around the stone. i only know the things

i know as i know them. no one else saw

my father’s cheeks as taut soil, his beard

as blackened grass. when i ran my fingers

through it as a child, i thought of brushfire,

vesuvius, some soft ash descending from the sky.

we are all frozen as family, our mouths open,

lips parted for a kiss that means either hello or goodbye.


Pierre Jahan

Herbier surréaliste / Deschampsia caespitosa (1947)

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National Geographic, January  1981

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Super Fly & Mini Mite……I Love the 70’s (Fashion). Dad and daughter strike the pose. Photo By Nacio Jan Brown

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Temple, Kyoto (Asia series #16)

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Daniel Kukla - Captive Landscapes

Artist’s statement:

"We as humans go to great lengths to satisfy our desire for a connection with the natural world, especially in our interactions with wild and exotic animals. Zoos are the primary site for this relationship, but they often obscure the conflicts inherent in maintaining and displaying captive wild animals. In this series, I photographed the interiors of animal enclosures at 12 different zoos across the US and Europe. These images invite the viewer to question the role of these constructed habitats, and explore the motivations behind collecting, preserving and controlling the natural world."

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