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Fragments of Skye

July 24, 2012

by Katherine Durham Oldmixon

 

My eye is often drawn to places or objects in ruins, broken pieces, incomplete things.

 

Feather on Sea Stone (Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye)

Feather on Sea Stone (Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye)

 

Carrageen on Sea Stone (Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye)

Carrageen on Sea Stone (Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye)

 

Hollowed Crab on Sea Stone (Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye)

Hollowed Crab on Sea Stone (Talisker Bay, Isle of Skye)

 

It seems to me that all art comes through a process of fragmentation, someone putting a frame down and breaking some part off from the rest. And that our perspective is always fragmented, as no one can see or understand a whole. But when we focus on fragments, we are not striving for wholeness. Maybe for acute awareness.

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Katherine Durham Oldmixon is a past contributor to and guest editor (with Lucy Kempton) of Qarrtsiluni. Her recent poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, The Normal School, and Improbable Worlds: An Anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets, and online in Solstice Literary Magazine and Poemeleon. Katherine teaches literature and creative writing at historic Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, and for the UNO low-residency MFA program.

  1. July 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Katherine, these are compelling images of ruin, and they show how ruin often is transition to something else. Nicely done!

  2. July 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

    These are beautiful, Kat, and I like what you say about all art being about fragmentation.

    (Odd to think of you in a wild northerly place somehow, you always seemed to me more a beakerful of the warm south!)

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