Artist statement: Anselm Kiefer entitled this sculpture “Étroits les vaisseaux,” which is a line from a long poem by Saint-John Perce, “Amers.” The section specific to this line considers the march of history, and, to my reading, of war. “The same wave since Troy rolls on its haunches towards us” is one line from that poem. The wrenched concrete and rebar of the sculpture, that also contains the grace of waves, echoes that idea. “Narrow the vessels, narrow our bed” states another line, which spoke, to me, of humankind’s long history of reaching for weapons, for destruction. I layered my own poem considering this history with excerpts in French and my English translation of these few lines from Perce’s “Amers” as well as the first line in ancient Greek and English from Homer’s The Iliad to create a wave-like sonic accompaniment to my visual meditation on the sculpture, contained in the Anselm Kiefer exhibit hall at MassMoCA.