Academic journal article Journal of American Folklore

The Life of a Welsh Wall

Academic journal article Journal of American Folklore

The Life of a Welsh Wall

Article excerpt

(Views of an interactive installation at the 2009 Wales Smithsonian cymru Program)

Steel, stone, and wood

Shaped to empty space

By hand, to hand. understood.

Fabricated landscapes.

Gardens, fields, fences,

Quarries, housing estates.

Dry rocks upon rocks

With nothing to hold fast

Except tradition. And trust.

The chapel, stitched,

Then stretched, longs

For Sunday hymn song.

Rugby posts anchored

In scrums of stone

Scores pass-united, alone.

Black iron curlicues

Elaborating junctions

All form, no function.

Pig gate, kissing gate.

one goes forward,

one stays late.

Scale the stile, gravel

To grass. A reminder

This too shall pass.

Through jagged teeth

of slate, position

Shifts to juxtaposition.

locked bikes held hostage

owners lured to hear harps

And munch sausage.

Wrought sublime, a line

unbowed, unbending

Witnessed sweat and time.

Burst apart, after the act

Packed, dispersed, disgraced.

Hiraeth defined by empty space.

NoTE: Welsh metal artist Angharad Pearce Jones designed and directed the building of an ambitious fence/wall installation for the Wales Smithsonian cymru program of the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. …

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