Ecopoetics Along Shorelines


April 3, 2018

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.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at
%d bloggers like this: