the d train, nyc, fall 2003

"plant" is composed of two images, which don't translate well from AVI to MOV format. Therefore, click here to go to Truitt page on, where it is stably lodged.

When we speak of a plant we typically reckon its above-ground growth, not roots, but here I speak of exposure, which is what we may know of life, the dynamic of what perseveres. What we may know about the end of things perseveres: It is "without kindness" (se + vero), which lies in intimacy and its contingent immediacy. This does not forestall hope, Pandora found, but as Cesar Vallejo notes, "I love plants for the root, not for the flower" (as Nick Piombino quotes), albeit to locate such the latter may be like the king.