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April 2, 2018

Edge Of The Continent — #Books #SubjectsToLet #4Of40 #Milosz

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Subjects To LetI think we see again Miłosz, the poet’s, lament. You know the lament, it was in the first article… the temporalness of man’s works. He remarks on the “hands” on the cave walls near Tassajara, on the western edge of the North American continent.

The poet wonders about what others were unremarked, whose works in this area were lost to the stretches of time. There is nothing here at Tassajara, no castles or lost cities or even broken statuary to commemorate the existence of any civilization except for these cave artworks of hands and a much later poem about the hand tracings. Indeed we see again this Nobelist lends his permanence to the chronicles to keep these cave artworks known, even if a future catastrophe erases their temporal existence.

They were here, the cave hand-tracers of Tassajara. Now we need to keep the works of Miłosz alive to keep this cave artwork at the edge of the continent alive.

This jester wonders why no images to go with the words. Tassajara is the briefest mention & continent edge to place in space this proof across timespans. Look to the map of Tassajara’s lost valley.

Perhaps Miłosz left out the images of the hands, lest other seekers find and possibly obliterate this fragile proof of early man. As a genealogist, I know the only hope is to record what still is, on newer and newer technologies in hopes to preserve what rarity lingers with such fragility in the real world. This virtual home upon the Internet hopes to preserve its temporalness and extend its permanence.

You have to wonder if the poet was thinking of entropy.  Entropy — [definition]

2. lack of order or predictability, gradual decline into disorder.

This jester once a TV episode of “After Man” in which they stated that after 400-500 years of the extinction of man, there would be no trace of us. That the geologic and climactic processes of the planet would erase us. Perhaps to never to be known again. Or perhaps an inter-galactic archaeologist might discover our traces beneath the soil and ponder. What will be left of us?

Tassajara map of California

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