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Lori Witzel
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Las Vegas Valley
Chris M Morris, " Rainbow Gardens from Lava Butte , South Las Vegas Valley in background," 2012 The temptation’s to imagine a city gone, surface pristine, unmarred by subsidence and jitter. To look at red rock sandstone, the tops of the ridges, transport my...

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Laundry
Benedicto de Jesus, " Laundry Night ," 2015 Around the corner, the faint grape Kool-Aid smell of mountain laurel; leaning close then backing off: a bee! Woodpeckers on a palo verde, a pair, chittering at me as a warding- off. It works; I keep walking. Aroun...

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Peepshow
Samuel van Hoogstraten , "A Peepshow with Views of the Interior of a Dutch House," c. 1655-60 This is where the dry people live, so poor there’s nothing to finger in pockets save their cracked fingertips, pleated, rugose. Here, the palest eyes shutter tight...

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Anna’s
Ken Clifton, " Anna's Hummingbird on nest ," 2008 Spiderwebs, gathered in a skein then drawn out by the needle of beak. One tap, and a push: she sticks another bit of moss in place, patchworked with lichen, a hidden nursery where she’ll warm her warrior chi...

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Heartwood
Glen Scott, " Ice Explosion ," 2006 I walked over a ridge, and saw what we’d heard the day before, thinking it was transformers that had blown: full-grown fir and spruce, shattered where sap froze and burst them, splinters staking outlines around each falle...

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Paracas
" Paracas textile 179 ," c. 2500 BCE, via the Gothenburg Collection The air that held what songs were sung was descant, desiccant, wicking all singers' breaths away as each chanted those bundled corpses down into a dropped, earthen womb. Wind blew across ea...

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Faience
Bowl , earthenware, painted in blue on opaque white glaze, 9th century It was no accident that slipped tin and lead onto an earthenware skin— rather, a someone who knew how to bring the white clouds down to sit on the clay. One trader may buy up the whole l...

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7:03 PM
T. Luong Son, " Một Buổi Tối Ở Quê Nhà / One Evening at Home ," 2010 That pot-holed asphalt, a patchwork basin caching the neighbor’s porch-light. Outside my bedroom window, it’s raining; cars pass, shushing themselves as they go, and I recall when I was si...

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Commedia
Peeter van Bredael, " Commedia dell'arte Scene in an Italian Landscape," date unknown There they are, the Columbines and Harlequins playing behind every Doctor’s back, and here we are, indentured, pressed into service, legion. If we’re a hundred, or a hundr...

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Willamette
Daniel E. Coe, " Willamette River Historical Stream Channels, Oregon," Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries Small things that I’ve carried from my last home—a finger-worn post oak acorn, the seahorse husk of a gulf fritillary’s chrysalis— don...
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