Karen An-hwei Lee Meditation on a Red Seed as Transformation for the sculptor and landscape architect, Isamu Noguchi (1904â1988) Dear Isamuâ Nayantara refused your love in the end, red seed of resilience in the magniï¬ed shape of biomorphism, halved core of perfumeâsequoia or balsa in a transformation of millennial living. Or a giant melon seed, half-shaved with a steel wire, one nervous ï¬ber beveled on the right. Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in Long Island City, a sculpture called Red Seed, 1928â Aromatic as a sandalwood tree of circassian seeds. Tears of betel-nut juice. Roasted watermelon seeds dyed for the new year, pods of red wax in the galleria. Auburn-soaked heartwood more roan than russet riding to the horizon on the ï¬anks of wild mustangs. Sisters of the Raging Millennium at a Hundred Years Sisters of a raging millennium, if we survive a hundred years, let us grill a thousand mackerels for dinner, skin on. No urgency to scour the charcoal racks. Fork the arugula with no olives, nurse no grudges. Synthesize rosebushes in factories. Hem ï¬oor-length, mulberry-silk nightshifts if it pleases the years to grow an inch of our bones so late in life. Never too dark to
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 9, 2017
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