Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

The Exact Location

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

The Exact Location

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should we take the car should we bring the book along should we go on foot? should we take our heads should we take our whole bodies? to get to the center you would need to crawl into a rock to burrow into stone into the mine of understanding, on the stone it says: locus perennis, says: the exact place, always continually forever secure and fast and true and truly the center point of europe, just like the other centers in bavaria Czechia lithuania. and then our japanese car. it is parked over there, europe in my head, the hours at the border, how discreet my passport is. not red as in blood and as in passion and as in: inappropriately extravagant, no no just a halfhearted red as in: modesty, as in: welcome anywhere, as in: waved through quickly, as in: i want to travel and see the world then the river its fortified banks, on which it says: panta rhei. the river is flat here, as in: maxims that still make us recall their meanings, darkly, the river is the border, but my german passport is an eagle and it flies lightly into the high skies over the borders, ok. here we will not find what we are seeking, we don't even believe ourselves, would rather take a picture, here i was at the center of europe, a location that is nowhere but on the' scales of the surveyors.

but deeper inside us inside the country there where we are blood-red there were people there was a fairytale that went: the unfortunate danilo farmed a field and the wheat grew and bore a rich crop but when it came time for him to harvest it a storm destroyed all the grain in a single night, and danilo went into service for an emaciated foal, that grew and became splendid, but when it came time for him to bring it home the wolves tore it apart, and the third time too. …

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