Friday, November 16, 2012
Emerging from the trees, memories
Frost has been a favourite of mine since high school for how he selects words and invites the reader to follow into a landscape of carefully noted vistas and wonderfully implied senses.
The quote sent me hunting for my copy of Thoreau's Wild Fruit. No idea why, beyond the shared intensity of appreciation for whatever is in view.
And while mulling over ideas I was turning over papers. Felt my thoughts skip when I came across this one. Drawn as an exploration of themes while writing a retelling of a folktale from my childhood. I can still hear my father's voice repeating a refrain from the story, and haven't given up hope of finding the reel-to-reel tape on to which he recorded this, my favourite tale - three times in a row. He also taught me to rewind and play the tape when I was four or so, to avoid my importuning him at all hours. Story within story, memory encapsulating memory, and I have yet to find the inner kernel.