I come from the Duckwater Shoshone and Southern Ute nations. I was raised on the Southern Ute Indian reservation in southern Colorado; I consider that place along with the Pyramid Lake Paiute reservation in Nixon, NV my two homes, my origins. Because of the strong connection I feel towards place, I feel I am a child of both water and the desert. Perhaps this is one of the reasons I have chosen to make my home here in Albuquerque.
THE IMPERMANENCE OF HUMAN SCULPTURES
The essential arrangements:
choose a coffin
to keep her protected
from the elements. Consider the palpable aging
of paper; given sufficient time we rust –
like iron, disintegrate in the presence of
air moisture and water. Do we all sleep like marble
statues, fixed points
in a room with locked expressions?
Interpreting the abstract
space dangling between
waking and sleeping is an obsessive repetition.
Was it Eva Hesse
who explored the medium of art
time and wasn’t that part of what made it
beautiful? That's what I still called my mother
post-mastectomy, her single breast
a perfect display of three-dimensional
impermanence. A brave faced statue,
that's how I like to think of it. No –
that thinking makes it bearable
when people ask: how
did it happen? She hanged herself, a lone
wire suspending her delicately
like wet paper molded into the exact shape
of emptiness, unstable
like a cloth-covered coffin left crumpling
in the wind like paper, or Eva.
Dear Eva, diagnosed with a brain tumor, Eva who
died in 1970 and mother
who left behind words: keep it, safe –
as if the storage of places and names,
as if things and people couldn’t rust indistinguishably.
Poetry submissions are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On another note, there are two poetry readings this afternoon that are certainly worth your consideration. ABQ Poets Against War are sponoring an Open Mic event featuring Margaret Randall reading from her new book SOMETHING'S WRONG WITH THE CORNFIELDS. It's at 3:00 (signup at 2:45) at ABQ Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard SE, $5. No one turned away for lack of funds. This is a fund-raiser for the Center.
Lisa Gill and Don McIver are reading at the Duende Poetry Series in Placitas this afternoon, also at 3:00. It is at the Anasazi Fields Winery.