Section 73A Nebraska City South Table Creek
When I stitch the landscape
Travel its contours
Carving a canyon
Traversing a slope
Subduing low-lying land with hatching
My fabric terrain is neutral
Colorless and abstracted, like the map,
except for the water
which is stitched in blue
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How many creeks have I drawn on my Locator Map? Every one that I could see. I’d look at a topographic map and draw with pencil on 12 inch squares of Tyvek. I would branch off from a river and continue, my line growing finer and fainter, until the creek, and my line, disappeared.
Locator Map detail
I began to love those meandering lines, that tracery that became denser and then more spare, that branched past the towns and railroads, that stretched, yearning, into open ground.
Little Cedar, Big Cedar, Dry Cedar Creek, Clear Creek, Skull Creek, Bloody Creek, Ash Creek, Elm Creek, Box Elder, Silver Valley.