A singularity. The consolation of universal direction, of expanse. Dangers-- Jack London to the contrary-- likewise singular. One bear. One knife. One crevasse. Monocytosis.

Visitors to the islands (not here, much further south and west) are often surprised to hear that there is a word, monokini. A man would wear one, or a woman on a topless beach.

Or bottomless, one supposes.

The single note with which the Goldberg Variations begin.


Some time ago you looked down from your room upon this space as if inscribing a new way of talking back and forth with the name of the river.