Returning to a place after a long absence, we are often shocked by both the small and the vast changes, effectively alerting us to the radical indifference places have to the sentiment we apply to them. Here, our own selves can become the site of an internal quarrel as to how a place once was; by claiming to cognitively remember the feel of a place, our bodies can provide a different history of the past. The result is that a place can take on a life of its own, quite apart from the way it is experienced or remembered.
Dylan Trigg, from The Memory of Place
there was no day before it was a dream mother and daughter
unable to live at this age together even for a summer
evergreen eye movies boxes packed up nowhere to go
sun settling over peaks not long enough for shock at vast changes
sideways rain running just move the heart
4pm dark finch songs varying temperaments
fly back only for the place’s radical indifference
a box with message inside the nightmare lacks presence
old lover the married one this body a different back story
flutter on life’s surface rift with ambient breath of its own
the sun the man the smoke the run bundle of different sensations
perpetuated flux and movement the sun the man the smoke the run
Note: “dub for cascadia” takes its title from the song by Loscil on Endless Falls (Kranky 2010) and appeared in Coconut Issue 16.