Holy Land

03/08/17

Perhaps a man remembered that he had beaten his neighbor with a particularly fine
strong stick. Perhaps his mouth was very dry and his neighbor would not let him use the
well. And maybe then he remembered that the mouth of a river is just the place where the
ocean perpetually eats up a smaller body of water.
And perhaps when you boil water in a pan, some part of the pan evaporates.

The man standing up has just raised a bag of goatskin from the well. The man
squatting on the ground has a larger leather bag. These herdsmen live in a land filled with
stubborn people and animals that sacrifice themselves without knowing why. It can be
difficult to tell them apart.
Osip, for example, was a wealthy sheepherder. Sometimes he traded some of his
children for animals. Sometimes he traded some of his animals for children. In the
religious books this is often called famine, but even the pure of heart are visited in this
way.

A herdsman, however, has time to think about many things as he tends his animals.
Many times he must think that the world could be a better place if there were no wild
beasts or people who didn’t believe in his God. In this we can now see he was wrong.
That’s what comes of too much lonely thinking. Just as a herdsman may come to know
that instead of a river of life issuing from tame animals and peaceful people, there might
remain only a sunken place in the ground to lie down in.

Here we are now in the same place our ancestors fought over. Would it be a
mistake to call such a place home if we believe we own it, or did we only dream about it
because it was not ours?


Fiction. Modern Abstract Fables.

(First edition, hardcover with dustjacket, 524 pages, $36.50 USD.)



Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days draws from fairy tales, a condescending of a 1938 Social Studies reader for 6th grade, an 1890 handbook on marital compatibility, numerous annoying educational advancement studies, the myths and legends of third-world countries and minority peoples, pulp fiction, a history of carnival side shows, folktales, frequent conversations with Crows, Owls and a wide variety of underground inhabitants, insects and the people who collect them, Joseph Cornell, Günter Eich, Russell Edson, the French Surrealist poets, the Quay Brothers, letterpress printing, and the author’s inability to channel his imagination linearly.

Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.