An Alaska poem for Philip Levine
I can’t think of the word for the water pouring through the street gutter. “Undulating” Maybe. The water is lit by a street lamp that’s galvanized with zinc, mined in a remotest part of Alaska, in the Northwest Arctic Borough. Most people don’t know that. Most people forget the zinc actually though they know the mine. When they think of the mine they first think of lead or even gold. And almost no one knows what the zinc is for. But some of the mine workers are there, right now, always, pulling the zinc out by gravity and chemistry, staging the tailings, and living with one another away from the world as on what would be an extremely spacious ship, with cafeteria, dorm rooms and little windows, a basketball court, hobbies. Some roast their own coffee beans. The land outside is what we expect the world to be - massive, massive, round green hills, seasonal caribou herds and undulating river - and wind - unforgiving. And if a worker loses the organization of himself and his day, he’ll wake up in his room nauseous from too little sleep, then walk outside to a truck, and work through it by mid-afternoon. And the wind and rain here gives a couple blasts that reflect the light as sheets. And I’m going to wake in a few hours, to catch a plane.
Oil boom brings hope, anxiety to Alaska town
Shell’s drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea promise an economic boom in Wainwright, Alaska. But some see the transformation as a threat to the ancient indigenous culture there.
(Thought is to look at these (refine to the right area/district and species) for a guess on what the creeks will do subsequently— crazy?)
Please spread the word.
The Northwest Arctic Borough is hiring a Social Anthropologist – Subsistence Mapping.
To apply, please contact:
Subsistence Mapping Coordinator
Northwest Arctic Borough
163 Lagoon Street/P.O. Box 1110
Kotzebue, Alaska 99752
907-442-2500 extension 110
Lots of new stuff on the Alaska Department of Labor Maps & GIS page.
(The map shown above is by our own Eric Sandberg (fuzziness added by me)— great stuff.)
Excited to see the new Lincoln movie— looks awesome.
Even neater reports by George Rogers and Richard Cooley (published by the University of Alaska):
Some neat reports from the U.S. Department of the Interior:
Overheard from the next office: “Yea, there’s this big bright ball in the sky…”
What do you want to do? or Who do you want to be?
“There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.”
Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3
Finally found the hard-to-find Ten Fidy tonight! Looked for years, and started to see it’s label on shelves more often, and finally there it was at the Douglas Breeze Inn. Great stuff! Paired well with pastrami, pickle, arugula, mayo and horseradish sandwich, haha.