What presences are we in our biome – what are we amidst and among? The poems in Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way seek to answer. They arise from place-based fieldwork and inquiries – seeing with the “worn-out angry eyes” of the last Columbia River Pygmy rabbit, sonic countermapping, re-imagining histories and geographies, writing on-site with squirrels and terns and flickers. Combined, these closely read space as, in the words of cultural landscape historian J.B. Jackson, a “field of perpetual conflict.” The result is a document that helps rescale our thinking about 21st century inhabitance.
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