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'Flesh of Earth' by Suzanna Zak at Prairie, Chicago

FROM BIRTH, I HAVE BEEN FAMILIAR WITH THIS PLACE AND HAVE HEARD IT TALKED
ABOUT FROM THOSE FAMILIAR TO THOSE ESTRANGED. OVER TIME I HAVE SEEN THE USE 

AND ABUSE OF PARTS OF IT. 

I HAVE SEEN SUCCESSES AND FAILURES
I HAVE SEEN DESTRUCTION AND RESTORATION INJURY AND HARM COME FASTER THAN VIRTUE. I HAVE LEARNED SOME THINGS ABOUT IT. 

I DO NOT KNOW THE BEST WAY TO USE THIS LAND NOR DO I BELIEVE THAT ANYONE ELSE DOES.
I NO LONGER EXPECT TO LIVE TO SEE IT
OR COME TO ITS BEST USE. 

(A HUNTER CALLS — LONG SOUNDS) 

SIGHT OR SITE, AT FIRST GLANCE,
I WANDER ACROSS THE HEIGHTS OF MOUNTAINS ACROSS SWEPT RIVERS
DEEP FORESTS
UNDER ENDLESS SKIES. 

WHAT IS THIS BELOVED LANDSCAPE USED FOR? (REPEATED SHORT SOUNDS IN THE DISTANCE) 

I AM BEGINNING TO SEE WHAT IS NEEDED MORE INTENSE AND MORE INFREQUENT, IT IS MORE ABOUT WHAT COMES AFTER. 

TO BE WELL USED, IS TO BE WELL CARED FOR 

RECUPERATION EXISTS ON DIFFERENT SCALES:
THE PLANET, THE TERRITORY, THE COMMUNITY, THE BODY, THE SELF. 

STILL, THIS PLACE THAT I AM FAMILIAR WITH CAN LIVE, DESPITE
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF ITS DEATH. 

IN A GLOBAL STATE OF FLUX AND PRECARITY I LOOK FOR LIFE. 

THE COLLECTING UP OF THE WORLD, EVERYTHING LIVING AND DYING WELL
IN NATURE, “FIRST” “SECOND” AND “THIRD”. 

HOW ELSE CAN I ACCOUNT FOR THE FACT THAT ANYTHING IS ALIVE IN THE MESS
WE HAVE MADE? 

A PRECARIOUS WORLD EXPOSES VULNERABILITIES, UNPREDICTABLE ENCOUNTERS, DETACHED SURROUNDINGS, AND OBLIQUE NARRATIVES
MEANWHILE, AVOIDING TIME’S ARROW
AND KEEPING EVEN WITH THE WORLD. 

NOTHING GIVES A MAN THE RIGHT TO BE SUCH A BASTARD. 

IT IS TRUE
EMPATHY MAY NOT BE TELEPATHY. 

THE GRASS GROWING THROUGH SLAB IMBUES A TENDER COMPLEXITY NOTICE HOW EASILY
THEY RUB UP AGAINST EACH OTHER. 


(TURN, AFTER TURN, AFTER TURN, AFTER TURN)
HERE, GETTING USED TO THE GEOGRAPHY OF ABSENCE. 

AN INCANTATION OF RENEWAL
HERE IS THE COLLAPSE WE’VE BEEN CALLING IN. 

— Tamara Becerra Valdez, 2021

10.4.21 — 22.5.21

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