Drawings of the Natural World

Rebecca Clark: Stafford’s Deer (for Bill Willis), 2013, graphite on paper, 22 x 30 inches

Traveling through the Dark

BY WILLIAM E. STAFFORD


Traveling through the dark I found a deer
dead on the edge of the Wilson River road.
It is usually best to roll them into the canyon:
that road is narrow; to swerve might make more dead.
By glow of the tail-light I stumbled back of the car   
and stood by the heap, a doe, a recent killing;   
she had stiffened already, almost cold.
I dragged her off; she was large in the belly.
My fingers touching her side brought me the reason—
her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting,   
alive, still, never to be born.
Beside that mountain road I hesitated.
The car aimed ahead its lowered parking lights;   
under the hood purred the steady engine.
I stood in the glare of the warm exhaust turning red;   
around our group I could hear the wilderness listen.
I thought hard for us all—my only swerving—,   
then pushed her over the edge into the river.

Rebecca Clark: Stafford’s Deer (for Bill Willis), 2013, graphite on paper, 22 x 30 inches

Traveling through the Dark

BY WILLIAM E. STAFFORD

Traveling through the dark I found a deer
dead on the edge of the Wilson River road.
It is usually best to roll them into the canyon:
that road is narrow; to swerve might make more dead.

By glow of the tail-light I stumbled back of the car   
and stood by the heap, a doe, a recent killing;   
she had stiffened already, almost cold.
I dragged her off; she was large in the belly.

My fingers touching her side brought me the reason—
her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting,   
alive, still, never to be born.
Beside that mountain road I hesitated.

The car aimed ahead its lowered parking lights;   
under the hood purred the steady engine.
I stood in the glare of the warm exhaust turning red;   
around our group I could hear the wilderness listen.

I thought hard for us all—my only swerving—,   
then pushed her over the edge into the river.

Homer, 2012, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 10 x 22 in.
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Homer, 2012, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 10 x 22 in.

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Rebecca Clark: St. Francis in the Age of the 6th Mass Extinction, 2013, graphite on paper, 30 x 22 in.
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Rebecca Clark: St. Francis in the Age of the 6th Mass Extinction, 2013, graphite on paper, 30 x 22 in.

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Rebecca Clark: Coyote (for Jesse), 2014, graphite on paper, 30 x 22 in.


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Rebecca Clark: Coyote (for Jesse), 2014, graphite on paper, 30 x 22 in.

Rebecca Clark: Seven Birds, 2011, graphite on paper, 30 x 22 in.
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Rebecca Clark: Seven Birds, 2011, graphite on paper, 30 x 22 in.

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"I founded the jazz studies [at California Institute of the Arts], and people come from all over the world because I talk about something very special which has nothing to do with jazz. It’s about spirituality. It’s about creation. It’s about spontaneity. It’s about that everyone has inside of them, since the beginning of time, the history of the universe. And really, what we do when we improvise, is we touch these deeper places inside of us. Many jazz studies only talk about the academic and the academic is just a small part. And the very important thing in improvisational music is to discover *your* sound. When I play, its very important to me to bring out the wood. Like the tree of the bass. I like to sound like a rain forest.” - Charlie Haden

Rest in Peace, Charlie.
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Rebecca Clark: Bee 5 (rise), 2009, graphite on paper, 13 3/4 x 8 3/4 in.
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Rebecca Clark: Bee 5 (rise), 2009, graphite on paper, 13 3/4 x 8 3/4 in.

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Rebecca Clark: Bee 8 (ascend), 2010, graphite on paper, 9.5 x 10 in.
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Rebecca Clark: Bee 8 (ascend), 2010, graphite on paper, 9.5 x 10 in.

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Happy Summer Solstice!
Rebecca Clark: Bee 22 (nebulous nearnesses), 2011, graphite on paper, 30 x 22 in.
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Happy Summer Solstice!

Rebecca Clark: Bee 22 (nebulous nearnesses), 2011, graphite on paper, 30 x 22 in.

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