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A Longhouse Birdhouse: ALEJANDRA PIZARNIK ~

Alejandra Pizarnik

(1936-1972)

MORTAL TIES

     A single thought cast out words like lifelines at sea. Making love

inside our embrace implied a black light: a darkness that started

gleaming. A rediscovered light, twice extinguished already, yet more

vibrant than a thousand suns. The color of a mausoleum for infants,

the deadened hues of repressed desire, opened up in the savage

room. The rhythm of our bodies disguised the flight of the ravens.

The rhythm of our bodies carved out a space of light inside that light.

A Longhouse Birdhouse: ALEJANDRA PIZARNIK ~.

Crows’ Roost, Hartford, a haibun by Donna Fleischer & Video “Caw vs. Croak: Inside the Calls of Crows and Ravens”

Crows’ Roost, Hartford

Another attempt by man to reach the stars. This time in 1918 Insurance Capital of the world Hartford, CT, when work began on the city’s first skyscraper, the Travelers Tower, named after the Travelers Insurance Company. Workers at the building site raucously complained about the damn noise, the damn bird shit from all those crows. A predator, the Peregrine Falcon, was introduced to drive them off, long before the mid 1900s when DDT put the Peregrine on the endangered species list. Seems the Travelers Peregrine Falcon was formalized into a program in 1997 when the fledgling Amelia, raised in captivity, was brought to the Tower and returned for nesting ever since, until the Spring of 2011. How to know why?

And what about those damn crows? These days their roost numbers in the thousands. They have flourished since their 1918 eviction, maybe by making the University of Hartford campus and outlier property abutting Mark Twain Drive and the housing projects their main home. From there they make a daily 35-mile circle, taking in Elizabeth Park, Trinity College, the Hartford Seminary, the West Hartford and Bloomfield Reservoirs, even just over the border into western Massachusetts. I’ve seen them in our travels and very glad to when I do. They post sentries while the community feeds and the oldest eat first. They make a rich language of 150 different sounds, know how to use tools, and possess a fine memory.

sheen
on the crow’s wing
early Spring

Donna Fleischer
Contemporary Haibun Online
April 2013, vol 9, no 1

The New Review’s Month in Photography / Guardian UK

Koen-dori, Shibuya (1982) by Masahisha Fukase

The Observer

Masahisa Fukase\’s Ravens

photograph is courtesy of the artist