In Tucson: ocotillo, mesquite of many kinds, Arizona ash; uses for masking tape; a white room with a high, beamed ceiling; candles in red glass; mountains that looked like a mirage; mockingbird, paloverde, flying beetles, heat, a real thirst, uses for water. A small and perfect house with a tall and perfect host.
I brought W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, Carolyn Forché’s poem “On Earth”, and ideas about the document as a mode of making poems. Coconut oil. Lightweight clothing. The word yes when asked whether I wanted to do something unexpected.