Ecopoetics Along Shorelines

WRITING IN THE FIELD

April 3, 2018
kidkayla

In Fluid Dynamics, settlers in the early 1900s “positioned themselves to ‘finish’ nature.” They would reengineer natural systems so waterways and powerlines could stretch beyond the mouth of the river and directly into homes and industry. To “finish” something in this sense means to conquer it, control it, and master it but, “the more nature seemed to resist mastery, the more Seattleites tried to improve it.” So Tafoya makes it clear that nature and people persist in a way that can never be finished. Because history is embedded in the present and in the future, native presence will be eternal.

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