The Other Perfection

Nothing here. Rock and fried earth.
Everything destroyed by the fierce light.

Only stones and small fields of
stubborn barley and lentils. No broken

things to repair. Nothing thrown away
or abandoned. If you want a table,
you pay a man to make it. If you find two

feet of barbed wire, you take it home.
You’ll need it. The farmers don’t laugh.
They go to town to laugh, or to fiestas.
A kind of paradise. Everything itself.

The sea is water. Stones are made of rock.
The sun goes up and goes down. A success
without any enhancement whatsoever.

(by Jack Gilbert, from Refusing Heaven)

(poetry and prose that remind me of archaeology, part 1)

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Author: colleenmorgan

Dr. Colleen Morgan (ORCID 0000-0001-6907-5535) is the Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She conducts research on digital media and archaeology, with a special focus on embodiment, avatars, genetics and bioarchaeology. She is interested in building archaeological narratives with emerging technology, including photography, video, mobile and locative devices. Through archaeological making she explores past lifeways and our current understanding of heritage, especially regarding issues of authority, authenticity, and identity.

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