21.7.17

the watershed

th’ fleety wud, a place-aware mapping of the Upper Teviot watershed from the source at Teviot Stone to the Rule Water. The blog combines tributree drawings of tributaries of the Teviot with texts from the forthcoming book.



model of consciousness
watershed

 

unique vascular pattern
watershed


fixed arrangement of nouns
in constant motion
watershed





a watershed is an imperative:
which way will you flow?





each watershed has one length
and a wide variety of widths


 



take the arboreal form of the watershed as a hint





rivers are syntax
hills are grammar





the climate crisis is a watershed



if you neglect your watershed then be prepared 
to heap sandbags




you can walk up or down the river, like a ladder,
from confluence to confluence
 




the waters are so nearly alike in their differences


the valleys open and they have a river before them




the rivers joint:
confluence




a confluence is a focal point
and a vocal point 




the water flows past its confluence without
any sense of attachment
 



some walk the watershed by confluences
others go to the source of every tributary
 




th’ fleety wud 
alec finlay with gill russell, 2017

the project will culminate in a publication in Autumn 2017

commissioned by CABN as part of Borders Heritage Festival

with thanks to Douglas Scott, Kate McAllan, Maggie Scott, Andrew McKenzie, Jenna Corcoran, Mary Morrison, Claire Pencak, and Paul Brough.




 
 

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