Speculation on the History of Drawing; Speculation on the Little Ice Age

Eric Pankey

Speculation on the History of Drawing

The tool,
A burnt stick,
Extends the body

In this space
And through time.
The mark renders,

We assume,
Asserts meaning
We might yet read:

An abstracted serpent,
The moon’s trajectory,
A caribou’s spine.

As far
As an arm can reach:
A drag of charcoal

High on the cave wall,
Still measured by,
Scaled to, a human body.

Speculation on the Little Ice Age

A makeshift
Bird trap
Waits to be sprung.

A startled horse slips,
Sinks through ice.
Two women

With knives
Dress a pig carcass
Hung on a hook.

If you look up,
Smoke exits
Through doors and windows,

Because a stork
Nests on the chimney.
Twilight shadows lengthen,

Bleed into darkness.
Everywhere ice
Calls down the cold.

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