Morning Landscape with Camembert
One of the survivors. The boy. The man. Rain on the water, the ocean swelling out
past the rolling hills, insects storming alive in the vineyards, and the deeper physical
knowledge of a smell in darkness. Then light in his hair. Blood on his sleeve. Something
from childhood, from the moment before the moment the first raindrop hits the ocean.
Something from the eye of a grape roiling in a vat of frantic feet.
In a clearing at dawn, this surrounding moment, memory fading, quiet, calm, a soft
light among the leaves and a quiet meal of wind and sky. You alone and this landscape
falling out beyond the sky. But it needs too many friends and suddenly even the moon is
less important than this first bite of cheese.
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.