cultural fronts

Wherever I go they quote people
who talk too much, the ones who
do not care, just so they can take the center
and call the plans.
— William Stafford (excerpt from Deerslayer’s Campfire Talk)

May 2017 (detail Oranges on Fire, 1975, Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel)
sifting accents, hardwood hustles, and transitory migrations
this is a time for wild-from-abandon imagination
blame the devil or self-manipulation for this perception

like the draw of a well positioned salt lick
he noted the competition for promised visibility
extended territory by adjusting the frame of domination

desire and loss are also higher forms of inspiration
motivated by such interruptions, we take all of this seriously
as serious as reflections that have no anchor

if it’s true there is more hope in intention
let that reality bruise endless

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