In the Exclusion Zones*Carolyn Forché
Ash over conifers and birches, over berry tickets. Resembling snow and
its synonyms. Silvered fields of millet.
A silence approaching bees of the invisible or the scent of mint.
One need not go further than a white towel hung in an open door.
"Golden Key", Pripyat - May 2001 © Robert Polidori.
I recently started to track down photographic work on post-Katrina NOLA and realized that Robert Polidori's project After the Flood apparently is very much of a piece with his somewhat earlier project Zones of Exclusion on post-nuclear-meltdown Chernobyl. And, as I searched for Polidori's images, I came across similar - extremely good - work by Timm Suess and David McMillan. (Follow links above to their pages.) All that then led me to recall Carolyn Forché' s poem. Funny how those convergences work themselves out.
* From: Carolyn Forché. Blue Hour. Harper Collins, 2003, page 18.