The Talk That Walked

After Yehuda Amichai

Ink on six sheets of Chinese paper, total 36 x 180 inches

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Excerpt from Travels of the Last Benjamin of Tudela by Yehuda Amichai

Sometimes I want to go back
to everything I had, as in a museum,
when you go back not in the order
of the eras, but in the opposite direction, against the arrow,
to look for the woman you loved.
Where is she? The Egyptian Room,
the Far East, the Twentieth Century, Cave Art,
everything jumbled together, and the worried
guards calling after you:
You can't go against the eras! Stop!