Wednesday, July 7, 2004

More than cities (and technologies)

Inside a big kettle at Warsaw Caves last week.  Kettles are formed by the melting of an ice block buried in glacial drift.  Cool, huh?

I thought, on the train, how utterly we have forsaken the Earth, in the sense of excluding it from our thoughts. There are but few who consider its physical hugeness, its rough enormity. It is still a disparate monstrosity, full of solitudes & barrens & wilds. It still dwarfs & terrifies & crushes. The rivers still roar, the mountains still crash, the winds still shatter. Man is an affair of cities. His gardens & orchards & fields are mere scrapings. Somehow, however, he has managed to shut out the face of the giant from his windows. But the giant is there, nevertheless.

Holly Stevens, cited in The Ocean, The Bird, and The Scholar by Helen Vendler

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