ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE : Building the wall
ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE : The Infinitive of Preservation
ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE : What's Lost is Beautiful to Us
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ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE
Building the wall
Roll the stones from where they were deposited by glaciers. That was only their temporary home. Their shapes make stacking nearly impossible. Now stack them. Bet you wish you had worked out more. It takes muscle to heave boulders, earth muscles that squeezed and thrust them into weather that buffeted their hides. But it is not just rocks in your wall. Do not forget the fill: lichen and moss and dirt and your will that holds it in place. You may think it a fortification, but the other side is exposed. When your wall is finished the rain and wind come or the man who lived next to Frost who thought fences made good neighbors; or, when you are not looking, a fox burrowing under a small cairn weakens the haphazard structure of the thing. You can kill him, but it won't do any good. The wall's rough beauty depends upon rain and iceglaze, labor seen and unseen. You love your stony effort and you want to bunk there although it be uncomfortable. Your fingers are itching to scrape your name on a particularly vast rock that reminds you as it must of a headstone.
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ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE
The Infinitive of Preservation
To move soundlessly at knee-level in moccasins and coon skin cap to explore and restore envelopes and photos, nothing disturbed to listen without breathing to cry like a heroine in a silent movie to read by moonlight or yellow snake to be in the same room with others and remain unseen or be seen but not in true form to read their minds to know how to play them and do right because they are so simple to imitate the look of life perfectly to throw some clothes over the hollow where the thing should be to drag its brain down the sidewalk like a cat on a leash feel something, feel something
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ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE
What's Lost is Beautiful to Us
What's lost is beautiful to us We spent childhood digging for China but ten inches down we discovered water, always water. Our peninsula was a sponge smothering the bedrock mystery. We were always digging and diving in the cold inland waters hoping for revelation , to see what's underneath all that green, where trees grew on trees. I swam with my eyes open plucked clam shells from sand and stared down bluegills until the winter that white husky died on the ice, too soft in March for even the Tanis boys to retrieve. In June I stood on the dock to dive but I still saw the husky. His body had to be somewhere. I worried about diving through his corpse that if I passed through the body of death, I would be someone else.
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ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE : Building the wall
ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE : The Infinitive of Preservation
ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE : What's Lost is Beautiful to Us
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