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chacmool

This word presents to me a choice cut of memory, which in turn presents another more recent, both of them snippets from someone speaking on a raised platform to instruct an audience. 553 more words

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cicatrice

In the season of the cicada, I went seeking a truce between the wounding heat and the inner cacophony. I followed a board trail on a hillside and saw a break in the edge, an off-cutting path slicing through the woods. 395 more words

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Xenakis, Euryale

I have always been far-wandering, even in enclosed spaces. I have always welcomed the exquisitely extrinsic. You may say that I am to some extent xenophilic. 1,963 more words

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silhouette

What is a shadow? A hole in the light.

When there is more than one source of light, it is like multiple overlapping realities: in one there is a hole, in another there is not. 462 more words

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squall

It’s a season of squalls, brief tempests, passing furies. The toddler down the hall crop-dusting its discontent between elevator and suite door. Small dogs suddenly frantic as suddenly calm. 323 more words

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bumptious

This word just… walks along and… bumps into you. And keeps walking. Noisy, obnoxious, maybe even raring for a fight, but definitely presumptuous. Perhaps rambunctious. But not necessarily a bumpkin. 304 more words

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conspectable

There are some things that seem so obvious. You look, and they’re there. They seem obvious to other people too. But obviously different from what you see. 592 more words

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