A Beach, Abstracted

One of Maine beaches we visited had moments of seeming like the very essence of a place where the ocean met the shore …

and ones when it seemed to evoke something more abstract, more elemental …

The visual tricks came and went, almost like the waves. One moment, beach …

The next, beginning to resemble an O’Keeffe …

In my professional life, I teach students how to write abstracts, how to represent the most essential parts of a reading to create a sense of the whole and its importance. The beaches in Maine invite one to play with abstraction, both to try to capture the constituent parts and to focus one’s attention on color, light, and lines rather than the elements that would denote one’s location on a map.

Sparkling, shaped sands;

worn, wormed wood …

And then all receding.


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