April 20, 2010

Decommissioning the Road In

that part living human made
dammed or cut, a lack
of flow in the elements of knowledge
relegated to charts and boardroom
sludge, tailings and run-off clogged
with the residue of ire

to remove the road’s meaning

from here to there the trans-
port a running over, a spill-
way tread deep into the layered
stories of who and what before

rail, pipe, asphalt, ATV
tracks all to get what’s to be got
out of other concerns duly
noted in the consultation process

that living flow is nonhuman
made and divisible by measures,
an unknown technology and
narrative turn just where the road
thought it was stable, before the new

mythology told it why.