#94 Desert Passages by M. Kaat Toy

Desert Passages

            In a way, it’s crazy.  It’s backwards.  The form of something very functional becomes the theater of what we are doing.  The earth is shaped by wind and water.  The shadows express the structure of the view.  The photos document the process of time with no control over the framing, lighting, or decisive moment.  Seep, spring, creek, arroyo, wash: What came out here is put over there.  If you set sheets of glass in the soil at angles, the water will find a way around them.  If you set them in a square, they’ll collapse.  The essence of landscape is culture and nature stepping on each other’s shoulders wanting to change something.

A native of the central California, M. Kaat Toy (Katherine Toy Miller) has lived in twelve states while teaching and writing. Taos, New Mexico, is her permanent home. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University.


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