Friday, August 25, 2006


Patti Smith - dancing barefoot

A threatening sky above; black water below.
I leave the morgue and formalin fumes behind and follow the mildewed path through stinging nettle and multiflower rose to find myself on the edge of the Tuonela River. The lift bridge rises, the horn sounds, and the barge pushes sluggishly through water that has no bottom.


Blogger Jeff said...

The wind slaps the black water against the pilings as the metallic grind of gears raises the bridge.

I like this line:
"The lift bridge rises, the horn sounds, and the barge pushes sluggishly through water that has no bottom."

9:42 AM  
Blogger Bailey Stewart said...

I agree - great line.

10:11 AM  
Blogger anne frasier said...

jeff and eve: thanks!

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stinging nettle and multiflora rose? Jesus. That a Mutual-of-Omaho-Wild-Kingdom version of hell. A patch of that would've stopped the German Blitzkreig.

Love the evocative writing through. The atmosphere is so thick you can feel it on your skin.

12:25 PM  
Blogger anne frasier said...

thanks, jason.
the multiflora rose. that's what we get for introducting non-native plants. :O they were given away in illinois and iowa. maybe that happened all over the country.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you remember what they were supposed to be good for? Was is berries for birds or something? Only a sparrow can get through that stuff.

(BTW, can I make any more typos in comments? Good Lord.)

6:02 PM  
Blogger anne frasier said...

i think it was wildlife habitat. i believe the audubon society was one of the big groups behind the push to plant it everywhere.

typos just go with comments. i think it's this little box, and i never take the time to preview. then when i see it in another screen i wonder how i made so many mistakes!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Kelly Parra said...

Great photos! I know you feel you haven't posted much, but less is more here. It's nice to digest it piece by piece. =D

12:23 AM  
Blogger anne frasier said...

thanks, kelly. yeah, i think it's coming together and working pretty well finally. i've just kind of been adding a little at a time. i have a few more images/text to post, and that will probably be it -- other than one little surprise finish before the book comes out.

12:41 AM  

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