Alfresco by Merrill Gilfillan

Arkansas River, Kansas 1995

Arkansas River, Kansas 1995

“Each time I top the ridge and find the North Platte valley off 
below I stop, thinking to sketch it in my perfunctory way. But the visual chord is always far too complex for my abilities and the most 
I can do is gaze and hum along. That first view is the ongoing view, the benign geologic one you will tuck away, even after you have spent hours nearer the river, the simple satisfaction of standing in the presence of enormous complexity-in-progress, of a vast, offhandedly competent entity bearing both conception and execution in a tour de force of motion held, perpetual motion both captured and peremptorily dismissed. And the little poem against the sky above . . .”

via Alfresco by Merrill Gilfillan.

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