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Thursday, 1 January 2015

new fossils....

Brian Jungen. Vienna. Plastic lawn chairs, 2003. Winnipeg Art Gallery

You walk into a space
that is vast,
that is deep.
That is clad with a stone
born in the sea.
A stone that contains
marine creatures from millennia past;
that is both a mausoleum and a reliquary.

And in the midst of this stone sea,
a skeleton;
whale bone shadows 
swimming in prehistoric kelp forests,
adrift in this land-locked ocean.

New fossils,
made of plastic.

As permanent

and as ubiquitous
as death.

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