I. In the shadow of blown basement bulbs, in yellowed newspaper, stiff spruce, tennis ball through chipped window, sodden flagstone, upturned roots. In stale icicles, in rattling attic fan, redirected creek and undisturbed pond, rotting leaves and rotted leaves, in crisscrossed standing pine. In chimney, in light fixture, in old stove, in wasp’s nest or fireplace or carpet, stack of stones against water, crayfish in the crevices. In closed quiet space, a boy sits by a blue wall and counts wheels on toy cars, distant amongst dressers, calls it a way to leave without leaving home. II. Within all things, there is a storm. One storm bent a creek backwards tossing rocks into wooden bridges and wooden bridges into trees. One storm flooded a parking lot and crashed through sliding glass doors. This storm pushed tons of water through the Hudson Valley’s glacier-scratched soil, rearranging the loose namesakes of Rockland County. One lucky house caught fire. One unlucky house did not. III. In this place assaulted by midges, termite-bitten wood, branch-bound gutters, nothing where roof tile was, a raccoon or rat clicks claws. I would be sleeping if these walls would sit, if the cat stopped staring out the covered window. Later, I dream that something inflatable had died, sullen mylar on torn porch, while the third beech tree rests on the roof’s timber. Within a slivered crack, beneath the finished basement an insect tells another insect a story.
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Corroborations 2013 was held at the University Libraries, The University of South Dakota, from January 28 – May 3, 2013. The Corroborations 2013 exhibition paired USD visual arts and poetry majors in order to create new collaborative work and to both broaden acceptance and appreciation of alternative art disciplines.