Before I could speak: "'It's a form of resistance,' (Simon) Oritz says..'.If there was not a body of literature, then Native people would be invisible. Sometimes the tern "Indian" is an abstract idea. But when we express ideas in literature, then we have a valid body of expression that's totally ours.'" D. Henry, "Native American Literature Grows." The Associated Press, 4 March 2004.

the next hair: "Hair is absent on the palms and soles, and it appears to be quite short on the backs of the hands, upper foot, and most of the face. They do not have the bare patch on the chest like gorillas, nor anywhere else on the body, which is reasonable considering their temperate-climate habitat. A few people claim to have seen rather longer hair on parts of the head and/or neck." G.S. Krantz, Bigfoot Sasquatch Evidence. Blaine, WA., 1999. p.148.

an engine: Overheard on a trolley, Lovejoy St., NW Portland, OR.

unaffiliated fluids: "This materialized departure takes us away from the earth's matter. Such astonishing grandeur is contained in this verse by Baudelaire, how this sudden image goes to the heart of our mystery: 'O death, ancient captain, the time has come! / Let us weigh anchor!'" G. Bachelard, "The Charon Complex, The Ophelia Complex." Spring 1982. p.174.

the deeper understanding: B. Swimme, "The Challenge of Our Moment." What is Enlightenment? Spring/Summer 2003. The passage continues: "...then, our fundamental challenge is this notion of individuality, or we could say discontinuality. We have this illusion that we are not connected, we're not part of, we're separate from, and our entire economic and political systems are based on that premise: the separation between the human and the rest of the world."

Douglas Fir: "Though they are long-lived, they cannot live indefinitely, nor can young fits grow in the dense shades the ancient trees produce. Many changes take place in the forest while the fir trees grow to maturity. It also took eons of time and inconceivable numbers of plants, animals, and micro-organisms to prepare the way for this magnificent forest." J.A. Macnab. In, J.C. Dirks-Edmunds, Not Just Trees: The Legacy of a Douglas-fir Forest. Pullman, WA., 1999. p.7.

as a tree: "The Celts used strange and diverse means in regard to the disposal of human remains. In one country, they were burned, and the native tree furnished the wood for the pyre; in another, the Todtenbaum (tree of death), hollowed out with a hatchet, served as a tomb for its owner. This tomb was buried in the ground, unless it was delivered to the river's current which was to carry it heaven knows where!" J.X.B. Saintine, Myths of the Rhine. Akron, OH., 1903. Quoted in, G. Bachelard, "The Charon Complex, The Ophelia Complex." Spring 1982. p.172-3.