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  • Turning sideways into the Earth

    As a world opens itself the earth comes to rise up. It stands forth as that which bears all, as that which is sheltered in its own law and always wrapped up in itself. World demands its decisiveness and its measure and lets beings attain to the Open of their paths. Earth, bearing and jutting, strives to keep itself closed and to entrust everything to its law. The conflict is not a rift as a mere cleft is ripped open; rather, it is the intimacy with which opponents belong to each other.  Martin Heidegger [1]

    “From now on, everything will be called The Middle, everything will be called The Seam…”  Lisa Robertson [2]

    Stone adheres, marking the firm line between living and dead.  This spectator gazes on fugitive monuments holding absence present.  The passage thin; stone softens; the boundary delicate. As the stone is cut, earth reveals -  intimacy.  This Double Negative of quarry and tomb cut, excavated, buried, sealed, eroded, robbed, excavated, emptied. 

    Absent the living, absent the Etruscan dead, in Populonia, Tuscany, near the Tyrrhenian Sea.  Present now, turning, the stone and its void, at this spectral gateway, mulling choice, I walk the trail, down, away, soon pass a Madonna bearing flowers among the oaks and corks, baring new bark.

    Album: Populonia Tuscany/Etruscan rock-cut Tombs

    [1]  From The Origin of the Work of Art in Martin Heidegger: Poetry, Language, Thought. Collected and translated by Albert Hofstadter, 1971 (Orig. 1950).
    [2] From “The Seam” in the book of poems 3 Summers, 2017.
    ... with a glance and nod to the title of Michael Heizer’s iconic and monumental 1970 earthwork Double Negative located in Nevada’s Great Basin.