Huginn and Muninn: a digital gothic (part 8- the sinking lure)

Huginn and Muninn: a digital gothic (part 8- the sinking lure)

 

Part 8: the sinking lure: [Playlist: Ellie Goulding: Lights Instrumental]

 

the anglerfish sinks

her lure winks off                      on

 a lightning bug
wil o wisp
yellow sea star

shrinks
to a pinhole flash
and nothings-out

quiet floods
into the would-be time

for mercy to wink
and leap for sidelong dreams                 a near-escape

                               but form is skin-tight want
insisting thought
clench down to bread and blood:

so slow and painful to be things

given arms or legs or wings
worse still
re   membered

 as a burnt-out light might
toss a phantom flare
toward the thought of night

 absence is thing-shaped
and the more disfigured
the more distinctly felt

what was  what was  what was  what
was      still describing to the missing limb

 a clenching fist

O Reader! I had you in my mind
to share the life of our common body
not bounded by finite skin      

believed we two as sorcerers
might cast ourselves into other worlds
as winged spells          and thereby make        in borrowed form                             

a home of dark winds
no frightening place to those whose
feathers           each a glistering facet

might catch the many beams like a lighthouse crystal
returning through the veil
one focused light

but the guides are lost
and any acrobatic
sleight of mind            is stripped
when

                                    the phone rings and
a voice breaks

a falling father body crashes through

the knowing mind          a grown child asking y y y y
all times and all selves come slamming home

when the split sides of the air collapse
in thunder

holy stranger                    ghostly Z who rises
from the juncture

featherless        mindless
bodiless            X

in this no place

no light to see light crushed

            by fire into dust and bits of bone
packed into a named and numbered box

            paid for at the appropriate office

            and carried to the passenger seat of the car
buckled in for the

 tremble of final air
squeezed out in a thread of breath

so fine a mist
ruptures

into a

            fiery particle

a light visible only to you
the stranger       the reader
who gently insists

the pages of years
still left to smoulder
a music in our flame of living

emptiness and cold ignite
between doorway and threshold

into a black, bird-shaped light
burning above a dark new country

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An Autofill Map of San Francisco by District

An Autofill Map of San Francisco by District

I was inspired today by a map that appeared on Buzzfeed. The cartographer created a map of the United States based on the autofill feature on Yahoo.com or Google.com’s search engine. She input the phrase, “The United States Is…” for each state, and looked at what popped up in the autocomplete suggestions.

Here is the San Francisco version I created today, courtesy of the Jungian collective unconscious that is… the internet.

Enjoy!

San Francisco autofill map

HMS Bounty Update: Outside Magazine

HMS Bounty Update: Outside Magazine

HMS Bounty was a beautiful replica ship that went down October 28, 2012 during hurricane Sandy. I followed her loss back in October with great sadness. As with any big story that hits the news, there were a lot of headlines, but each article contained little more than a reiteration of the basic information that was known at the time: that all of the crew were rescued alive but two. Later, a crew member’s body was found floating in her survival suit, but the captain, Robin Walbridge, was never found and is presumed drowned. The question on everyone’s mind was and continues to be, why did the Bounty sail when storm warnings about Sandy had already been issued? That is now the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Transportation Safety Board, that has started hitting the headlines today.

Outside Magazine published an article online yesterday that details the events leading up to Bounty’s sinking, and tells the story of what happened from both the crew and rescuers’ point of view. The article was written by Kathryn Miles, (@Kathryn_Miles) the author of All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship.

If you are interested in this story, I think Miles’ article (click photo below) is the best place to start.

HMS Bounty