Friday, March 5, 2010


Corner of a display case in a provincial museum--Berestechko--a Cossack hetman's winter boot, ancient leather and jogged seams, hand-sewn--something almost prehistoric in effect. Cut at top at slight angle to match the curve of the leg. Alongside, back wall of case, hand-drawn figure of a man, life-size, with additional implements on the belt--a curved saber and narrow, long-handled axe. Plus outline drawing of a horse, with actual saddle mount--the juxtaposition of blackened leather and clean white wall. Babel's world...

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