XXI (After Adrienne) is a series of actions performed onsite at locations across the Juneau Icefield – the Lemon Creek Glacier, Avalanche Canyon, and the Taku Glacier – drawing circles in the landscape, using my body as radius.
XXI by Adrienne Rich (from Twenty-One Love Poems)
The dark lintels, the blue and foreign stones
of the great round rippled by stone implements
the midsummer night light rising from beneath
the horizon—when I said “a cleft of light”
I meant this. And this is not Stonehenge
simply nor any place but the mind
casting back to where her solitude,
shared, could be chosen without loneliness,
not easily nor without pains to stake out
the circle, the heavy shadows, the great light.
I choose to be the figure in that light,
half-blotted by darkness, something moving
across that space, the color of stone
greeting the moon, yet more than stone:
a woman. I choose to walk here. And to draw this circle.