Outskirts of Things

1)  Low Country 2019

pigment prints, dimensions variable

2)  A Morning Spent  2020


a morning spent
treading on the genderless spirits
of angels trapped in the underbrush
all of us destined to return
again and again unless
we beg to differ,
unless we decline the invite
and simply refuse
to come

mixing memory and direct perception
same old same old movement into unfathomable detail

along a wayward path scrambling toward the outcrop
of rock and bramble, long early morning light
raking across the embankments, highlighting this and that
while the rest falls into shadow

this is not a metaphor

thinking back, seed pods
must have rattled as I passed
there must have been the hum and buzz
of insects flitting by or busy
buried in the brush
there must have been a faint record
of my own breathing as I tramped
but as of here and now
I am not able to recall
any sound
at all

3) Garden of Recollection     Folio A:  2005 - 2015   

pigment prints, dimensions variable

4) Garden of Recollection      Folio B:  2020  

fools and savages     driven like ghosts     bitter with loss
concealed in common forms    obscured in primary things     winged seeds     all bone and marrow     endless imitation and reproduction 
the seduction in artificial nature      a swan made of felt

false metaphors of the organism
personification of  mechanisms 
clocks and looms and pumps

understand the meaning     the folly of dominion    
humankind rejected      scattered like a flock of sheep

pigment prints, dimensions variable

5)  Garden of Recollection  Folio C - 32 Drawings 2016
sumi pen and ink wash on Indian rag paper,  each 8.5 x 11 inches

© 2020 Tim Trompeter