Claire Bouleau

The New Frontier


Heading East is  leaving a certain sense of space, and freedom behind you. Each day, earth leaves way to  more cars,   more villages, and less sky.
Distance diminishing, a physical sense of territory appears.  What once was  a dirt road, becomes a private drive.  What was wilderness, start to be domesticated. Relationships between human beings  are shifting accordingly.    What seemed to  be spontaneous   out West, becomes  ruled by the size of the sky,  now closer to the land. Eye contacts are changing  too , now potentially  adjusting  to a certain  degree of intimacy sustainable in   smaller grounds. Distance is re-created.
So when stopping in Blackwater ( Missouri) where 190 people are living,  the first thing you run into is the cemetery. Yet, the Union Pacific train is passing through the  deserted main   street. One can hear the sound of an invisible mower .   It all sounds like the  secluded inhabitants are aware of this geographical transition on the continent.

Ready for the next step?

Have a good one!

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2 responses

  1. Claudine

    Love, love, love it.

    April 6, 2012 at 1:56 am

    • clairebouleau

      Heading there…

      April 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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