local to local
Melissa Kwasny may have stated the obvious in her essay The Imaginary Book of Cave Paintings. “To be human is to understand that one comes after those who came before.” But the obvious is not always simplistic. She extensively explores the marks left by ancient peoples and ends with a reminder that regardless what we leave behind, our individual sojourn is finite; something I am thinking about in my newly minted 59th year. But Kwasny spins this inevitability with a different conclusion. We will be joining all those who have proceeded us by become earth...dirt. The very land that I am wrestling to know is what I will become.