Academic journal article TriQuarterly

When We Parted

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

When We Parted

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I was brought to an offshore island - one of those rocks that lift abruptly from breakers to an impossible height, a mesa in the desert of the sea. On top, sparse soil allows the growth of a few cedar and pine and clusters of grass that bend with the flood and ebb of ocean light.

And I saw from my perch a fjord hillside with a settlement along the water. From the ridgeline above, a flow of blocky, jumbled ice descended, a glacier that ended just higher than the village's row or two of homes and larger structures, dock and pilings.

I observed a glitter of silver threading between the sharp angles and squares of the town: a meltwater creek that increased second by second. The runnel widened until the banks on which houses stood threatened to crumble. A section of the glacier's lower edge collapsed, soundlessly at this remove. The river eroding the village surged faster, larger. …

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