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Antarctica

  • This iceberg cuts its facets from within. / Like jewelry from a grave / it saves itself perpetually and adorns / only itself ...

  • ... are you aware an iceberg takes repose / with you, and when it wakes may pasture on your snows?

  • ... some journalists have described the South Pole as 'hell on earth.' Others refer to my time here as 'an ordeal.' They would be surprised to know how beautiful Antarctica has seemed to me, with its waves of ice in a hundred shades of blue and white, its black winter sky, its ecstatic wheel of stars. They would never understand how the lights of the Dome welcomed me from a distance, or how often I danced and sang and laughed here with my friends. And how I was not afraid.

  • After two days of heinous seasickness, I awoke in Antarctica. Out my window, three times as high as the ship, and twice as wide, was an iceberg. It was love at first sight. ... Ice. It's trippy, symphonies frozen, the unconscious come to life, and smacking of color: blue.