If Men Lived On Earth

if_men_lived.jpgThe Owl and the Mouse

The world does not have words… Language, but no words. -Tomas Transtromer

In February, a feral alphabet: a thin line of mouse tracks scribbled across the flawless powder, intersecting it, the signature of attack // caesura. two lives met here, one, light-footed, earthbound, the other, aerial, heavy-winged. Two lines drawn together by hunger. On impact, the owl made angel wings, white and perfect as the living body, every feather, every barbule, printed in the snow. two lines on the page of winter tell a simple story, in simple language, not words: two lives met here, became one. -Harry Thruston

Books by Harry Thurston