One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Friday, July 29, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Downtown Jackson
















Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Coleridge's Letters

The whole letter is fascinating but I ran out of steam (pecking things out on a tablet in MI) -- so this is the best I could do.


To James Gillman
October 10, 1825
My dear Friend, -- It is a flat'ning thought that the more we have seen, the less we have to say. In youth and early manhood the mind and nature are, as it were, two rival artists both potent magicians, and engaged, like the King's daughter and the rebel genie in the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, in sharp conflict of conjuration, each having for its object to turn the other into canvas to paint on, clay to mould, or cabinet to contain. For a while the mind seems to have the better in the contest, and makes of Nature what it likes, takes her lichens and weatherstains for types and printers' ink, and prints maps and facsimiles of Arabic and Sanscrit MSS. on her rocks; composes country dances on her moonshiny ripples, fandangos on her waves, and waltzes on her eddy-pools, transforms her summer gales into harps and harpers, lovers' sighs and sighing lovers, and her winter blasts into Pindaric Odes, Christabels, and Ancient Mariners set to music by Beethoven, and in the insolence of triumph conjures her clouds into whales and walruses with palanquins on their backs, and chases the dodging stars in a sky-hunt! But alas! alas! that Nature is a wary wily long-breathed old witch, tough-lived as a turtle and divisible as a polyp, repullulative in a thousand snips and cuttings, integra et in toto. She is sure to get the better of Lady Mind in the long run and to take her revenge too; transforms our to-day into a canvas dead-colored to receive the dull, featureless portrait of yesterday: not alone turns the mimic mind, the cidevant sculptress with all her kaleidoscopic freaks and symmetries! into clay, but leaves it such a clay to cast dumps or bullets in; and lastly (to end with that which suggested the beginning) she mocks the mind with its own metaphor, metamorphosing the memory into a lignum vitae escritoire to keep unpaid bills and dun's letters in, with outlines that had never been filled up, MSS. that never went further than the title-pages, and proof sheets, and foul copies of Watchmen, Friends, Aids to Reflection, and other stationary wares that have kissed the publishers' shelf with all the tender intimacy of inosculation! Finis! and what is all this about? ...

Morning at MacCready's

Savannas, fens, eskers. The hand of God. Would any appellations come close?

Now, what does poison ivy look like?








Monday, July 25, 2016

Blue Ridge Esker




Missed the geological hike in and around McCready's (given a few clues, I can do my own research: esker and Blue Ridge Road).

An esker, eskar, eschar, or os, sometimes called an asar, osar, or serpent kame,[1][2] is a long, winding ridge of stratified sand and gravel, examples of which occur in glaciated and formerly glaciated regions of Europe and North America. Eskers are frequently several kilometres long and, because of their peculiar uniform shape, are somewhat like railway embankments.

[from Wikipedia:]

Cinnamon Birds (see Herodotus) and Tire Trees


Michigan: Walking

Michigan thistles (reminding me of Scotland). McCready's (reminding me of eskers and time). A road that prefers staying old school.





Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Art of Curt Swihart

Aggregates of stones, seeds, etc. Cement of Elmer's glue. Popsicle sticks for framing.





Michigan Bouquet