Thursday, September 14, 2017
|Mt. Hood, Oregon - Spring 2004 - www.aflitt.com|
Apologies to Bill²
So much depends upon
the red car
dusted with mountain ash damp with morning dew
the door too slippery for one son
while the younger laughs and climbs up into his car seat.
|Mt. Hood, Oregon - Spring 2004 - www.aflitt.com|
The Properties of Dust
The Properties of Dust was a small book I put together in 2005 for a desktop publishing class at Portland State University. Many of these pieces were written specifically for the book project, and the rest date back to as early as 1990. The pieces were accompanied by a photo or two in the original book, but, in most cases, I am using different, more recent, photos with this series of posts.
|Lassen Volcanic National Park, California - July 2004 - www.aflitt.com|
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Friday, September 08, 2017
|Scenic Traffic Corridor|
Historic Columbia River Highway. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Oregon. January 3, 2014
Copyright © 2014 A. F. Litt, All Rights Reserved
The frost is thick upon the once dark ground as I look out the misty window. My reflection stares back at me from those panes and it looks different than the face held tight in my mind. Perhaps it is just that the glass is clouded and that the frost is too heavy on the earth outside. There is an uncertainty in my heart that leads me from the window to the lavatory’s mirror. The mirror shows me the same face as the window. It is mine but it is not mine, so I go back to my seat. I return to the window.
“So, how do you think it went?”
“With your Mom. How do you think it, you know?”
“Just fine? That doesn’t sound so good.”
“I’m reading. Can we talk later?”
“Later? Like, after you’re done reading? Or later when we get home? Or do you mean some time that never happens?”
“Just not here now... When we’re alone.”
“No one’s listening. If they are, who cares? It’s not like... Whatever, just keep reading.”
“I don’t see how you can do that without getting sick. I couldn’t do that without getting sick. I couldn’t, not with all the rocking, the clacking, all the shaking.”
“That’s you, not me.”
“I know. Of course.”
“Later. I promise.”
“What’s so interesting in there anyway?”
“Portfolio Diversification in the Post-Boom Economy.”
“It pays our bills. Helps secure our future.”
“You could just let me know what she said to you last night.”
“I know she said something.”
“You didn’t tell her, did you?”
“It wasn’t that she didn’t say anything. I know how she is like that. I’ve learned where you get that from. But I knew it didn’t happen. You didn’t tell her. I didn’t expect you to, really.”
“It just... It wasn’t the right time.”
“She’ll find out. She’ll see me again at Christmas. She’ll be able to tell by then.”
“Then we’ll tell her. Then, if not by then.”
“Or she’ll just look at me and know. Shit. It must have been classic.”
“What she said.”
“She... It wasn’t like that. No. She just needs more time to get to know you, that’s all.”
“Am I still... Fuck it. Nevermind.”
“I told you that she apologized for saying that.”
“It doesn’t matter anyway.”
“Of course it does.”
“I’d just like to get it over with... Whatever. Sorry. It’s been a long week.”
“Look out there. The snow. It’s really coming down now.”
“I know. It’s so early. It’s too early for that.”
“It isn’t, though. Not really.”
“It just seems that way to me.”
“I saw that picture of you. In the pilgrim outfit, playing in the snow? What were you, about six or seven then?”
“Seven. But that was a long time ago, before Dad moved us out here. I can’t remember snow this early here. Lots of storms, though. Wind and rain. Eating cold leftovers around the fire, after the power blew down. But no snow.”
“That sounds nice.”
“I guess so. Maybe later we should light a fire. Sit around with some candles?”
“I’d like that. We can talk then, when no one is around to listen.”
“Not about Mom, though. There’s nothing to say about her, anyway.”
“She didn’t say anything, did she? I was just being... Wasn’t I?”
“No. Not as such... She has a ways to go. She’ll be fine, though. We’ll be fine. We should just forget her.
“That’s what I try to do.”
“We’re almost home.
“That sounds perfect. I just want to lay here and hold you until we get there.”
As she snuggled in against me, I stared out the window, watching the large blank flakes blowing past us. I tapped the magazine against my leg but I knew I was done reading for the trip, trying to think of nothing until we were home and I was holding her tight before the fire, forgetting everything in the world except for the silent void, momentary and brief, spent watching a random flake sticking to the glass and melting.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
The original proposal for the monument would have included most of what is now Canyonlands National Park and Bears Ears National Monument... This kills the idea that there has been no debate on the creation of Bears Ears. There has been debate on the protection of these lands for many, many decades.
Many of the issues around Bears Ears were also being debated during the creation of Canyonlands. See the links below for a look at these debates.
The timeline of the creation of Canyonlands National Park from the National Park Service's (NPS) From Controversy to Compromise to Cooperation: The Administrative History of Canyonlands National Park:
1935: First National Park Service survey of “Escalante” region, including Glen Canyon, Cataract Canyon, Canyonlands basin,Waterpocket Fold and San Juan River Canyon.
1936: First Escalante National Monument concept introduced that covered more than 6,000 square miles and included the entire Greater Canyonlands region; plan harshly criticized in Utah.
1936: The Wilderness Society designated 8.8 million acre “Colorado River Canyons” region extending from Glen Canyon to Book Cliffs as largest roadless tract in continental United States.
1938: Second Escalante National Monument concept introduced that covered 2,450 square miles region along narrow swath surrounding Colorado River; revised plan severely criticized.
1940: Second Escalante concept repackaged as a “recreation area” by the NPS and Interior Secretary
Harold Ickes; bills died in Congressional committees before reaching floor for vote.
1942–43: Escalante surveys continued with more emphasis placed on the Canyonlands basin as a region distinct from the rest of the Greater Canyonlands region.
1944: Proposal for “Grandview National Park” circulated internally at National Park Service regional and national offices; plan never released to general public.
1952: National Geographic Magazine article on southeast Utah published which focused on the Canyonlands basin had the first color photos of the region to appear in a national magazine.
1956: National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management agreed to first of several memorandums of understanding regarding management of the Canyonlands region.
1957: Needles and Grandview Recreation Area concepts discussed at National Park Service as either
stand-alone park units or extensions of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
1959: First National Park Service survey of Canyonlands region focused on the Needles area.
1960: Senator Wallace Bennett (R-Utah) introduced first “park” bill for Canyonlands region which designated a Needles National Recreation Area.
1960: NPS Planner Leo Diederich conceived basin-wide park concept in Canyonlands region.
1961: Udall led political and media junket to the Canyonlands basin in July, then announced plan for a “Canyon Lands National Park” as part of a “Golden Circle” of tourist destinations.
1961: Udall withdrew one million acres of the Canyonlands region from entry.
1962: First Canyonlands park bill introduced by Utah Democratic Senator Frank Moss that encompassed approximately 330,000 acres.
1964: Canyonlands National Park bill encompassing 257,400 acres passed after three-year political tussle; signed into law on September 12 by President Lyndon Johnson.
1964: Bates Wilson named superintendent of Canyonlands National Park in October while remaining
superintendent of Arches N. M. and Natural Bridges N. M.; the three park units administratively
encompassed what was called thereafter the “Canyonlands Complex.”
1965: Canyonlands staff set up residences/offices in January at Squaw Flat and Willow Flat.
1965: Master Plan for Canyonlands completed in September that included large visitor centers, hotels, marinas, paved roads and an “amphithorium” at Grandview Point.
1968: Bates Wilson and others at the National Park Service expressed reservations about the Canyonlands Master Plan and began to recommend scaling back park development plans.
1971: Canyonlands National Park enlarged by 87,000 acres that included the Maze and Land of Standing Rocks, Davis and Lavender Canyons, creating a park totaling 337,540 acres.
Utah Historical Quarterly: The Canyonlands National Park Controversy (1991)
National Park Service - From Controversy to Compromise to Cooperation : The Administrative History of Canyonlands National Park (2008)
Bears Ears National Monument
Canyonlands National Park
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
|Drying Leaves - Gresham, Oregon. August 28, 2017 - www.aflitt.com|
There is an interesting editor at vocal.media today, and all of my posts are being rejected due to length or due to "content that makes direct or indirect assertions or implications about personal attributes and/or beliefs such as race, ethnic origin, religion, beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity."
With some of the shorter poems, adding the additional content - index of the old book, a paragraph about the old book - seemed to make the shorter poems acceptable. Yes, the poem wasn't 100 words, but the post was, but today? No.
This poem, however, was rejected due to the sort of objectionable content mentioned above. Really?
Maybe the poetry editor on staff today just doesn't like my writing? Fair enough.
Anyway, life is too busy to be bashing away at these over and over, so unless there is a clear and easy fix, once content is rejected there, I'm just going to post it on Rubble. Already today, it's taken me four times as long as usual to get through my "quick" daily post due to these issues...
The stone I am sitting on
is becoming difficult and
But there is shade here,
For now... For a moment...
Sanctuary from the hot sun,
the day too hot,
the months too dry;
A bleak summer of desolation,
not done yet...
Uncomfortable, unpleasant tasks
wait for me, back at a home
that is no home,
Soon, the hard work begins,
preparing for the cold times ahead,
the lonely times,
the hungry times,
The times when the fears
of empty fields grip
my cowardly heart,
Times when the dark
fills my eyes with
imagined visions of death.
Who I so imperfectly
For not enough.
My throne, alone,
in the shade,
out of the glare of a summer sun
too hot, too blunt, too severe,
For any of us-
Uncomfortable refuge from an
uncomfortable season, an
uncomfortable day, hour, minute, an
A second in time
Where hope lives for only one
Where death pardons life for one
Where life does not suffer futility,
For one moment.
A tiny moment.
One small refuge
away, so far,
From the brutality
of a lonely season,
away from the
lonely season ahead...
Living life not as a hunter,
not as a gatherer,
But only as prey...
In this moment, I raise
a quiet prayer to
a quiet God...
Can eternity exist
In a moment such
August 28, 2017
|Clearing the tracks after the implosion of the Kingdome. Seattle, Washington. - March 26, 2000 - www.aflitt.com|
From The Properties of Dust
Too short for vocal.media, this one gets to live on Rubble...
He stands at the edge-
a whole block
Opening a womb
in the ground.
He tosses a half-smoked
cigarette into the
and shuffles back
|Great Kiva and Sleeping Ute - Lowry Pueblo. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Colorado. May 8, 2016. - www.aflitt.com|
|I-90, Seattle, Washington. 1987 - www.aflitt.com|
|Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Oregon. April 2, 2005. - www.aflitt.com|
From The Properties of Dust
Too "controversial" for vocal.media, this one gets to live on Rubble...
|Portland, Oregon. 11.11.11 - www.aflitt.com|