imagination: J. Hillman, Once More
Into the Fray. Spring 56. (Fall 1994). Reply
to Wolfgang Giegerichs, Killing: Psychologys
Platonism and the Missing Link to Reality. Spring 54. (1993)
Mount St. Helens: "The new Landsat 7 satellite is now taking high
resolution images of the Earth. This 1999 press release picture shows Mt. St.
Helens. The green is forest and fields, the white is glaciers and snow, and
the grey shows areas destroyed by flowing ash in the 1980's eruption that have
still not recovered their vegetation covering. Spirit Lake is still partly
covered by floating logs." Image by EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls,
Ape Cave: Located
by the south slope Mount St. Helens, Ape Cave is the epicenter
of Bigfoot myth. R.M.
Pyle, Where Bigfoot Walks. Boston, MA., 1995. P.11. Formed
about 2,000 years ago, at two miles in length it is one of the
longest lava (pathoehoe) tubes in the world. The cave is inside
and out, dream and function, ritual and discovery. There are no
borders but flickering shadows and the labyrinth, the turning,
the tunnel in which imagination crawls through.
primitive beast that lingers within man has certain deep dreads,
beyond logic, beyond intelligence. He dreads the dark. He fears being
underground, which place he has always called the home of evil forces.
He fears being alone. He dreads being trapped. He fears the water
from which, in ancient times, he emerged to become Man. His most
primitive nightmares involve falling through the dark, or wandering
lost through mazes of alien chaos. Trevanian, Shibumi.
New York, 1979. p.191.
Cave: The tradition of caves as the antechamber of
the classical underworld, the land of the dead, a halfway point
from which to contact the gods in their separate reality, was firmly
entrenched from archaic times. Before the advent of what Peter
Kingsley has dubbed the aetherial model of Platos
cave (a World of Forms preceding and informing the shadowy reality
we perceive through the senses), pre-Socratic Greek philosophy
was rooted in a tradition of seeking wisdom in the darkness, not
the light, via dream incubation in caves. Initiates who slept in
these sacred places journeyed to the realm of the dead in hope
of meeting a divinity who would become their friend and mentor.
Unlike Parmenides and Empedocles, whose cults, like many others
in the ancient world, offered the cave as a place of healing and
connection to a transcendental world outside the senses, Plato
would present the cave as a parable for the limitation of perception
derived solely from sensory experience---hence a place the exceptional
person is obliged to escape from if he is to perceive truth. V.
Nelson, The Secret Life of Puppets. Cambridge, MA., 2001.
is a graffiti artist whose work can be seen on railway cars around
the country. It's rumored that he's a rail worker. He's just
a guy, says Obscura (a photographer who documents the art of
hobos and rail workers). A guy who's out there, wearing his
overalls, his hat, working the rails, and leaving his mark. Portland
Mercury. July 13-19 2000. p.11.
a divide between two watersheds I came upon the scene of a battle
between a moose and three wolves. The story was written plainly
in the snow at my feet...What might have been silence, an unwritten
page, an absence, spoke to me as clearly as if I had been there
to witness it. I have imagined a man who might live as the coldest
scholar on earth, who followed each clue in the snow, writing a
book as he went." J.
Haines, From, The Stars, the Snow, the Fire.