“remembering something maybe important that got lost.”
– Jack Gilbert
Buy overalls for the excavation. These should
have deep pockets. Should keep you warm in
mountains. Other items needed: specimen bags,
long tweezers, disposable film cameras, a journal,
2. Article #1
Maddison and I. Knee deep in humus
wood. Near the river. Undust the coal dust from
drab-downed leaves. Uncover lost curios of murk.
Found: Mr. Hoover, the town’s auctioneer, beside
a felled tree. We wipe swamped leaves from his face.
Drip a spot of water on his lip.
She takes the pictures: his left and right side profile,
close-up on fatigue wrinkles, his nuclear shovel
in hand glozed with glower – blinded our film prints
“We cracked the reactor open with our hands. Stared
inside before haunting a phone call home. Don’t hang
drying clothes in it. Don’t let the kids hide and seek
in it. We recognized it outside the plant. Still see it.
Fogging the town on the drive home. Slipping into your
son’s pockets. In tracking blooded leaves on deer hunts.”
3. Notes From Field Journal
six am fog raising from dead mines
breathed over knobbed mountain
like creeping sea
coffee shop of the unemployed
hunter-hover over mugs
of stale coffee
scratch a ticket. pay for fried-eggs
this morning. maybe cable