Maybe we all walk on wetlands • By Will Elder

Maybe we all walk on wetlands
By Will Elder
28 January 2015

Maybe all of us walk on wetlands

Flat surfaces are inherently foolish.

It’s so hard to breathe standing
on solid ground.

The old houses in the middle of downtown
will require additional footing
any minute now.

To fix a tilting floor
I imagine a line
starting and stopping
like a tremor in my hand.

In my head the word “loss.”
Letter “s” I write like “5”
moving the water around
on a wafer thin coat.

But now the water is in the street.
And there is no place left to go.


Will Elder is a visual artist and co-curator at the Littman Gallery at PSU. Prior titles include Artist Services Coordinator for PICA during TBA:13 and Arts Contributer for the Portland Mercury. He has shown work solo and in group exhibitions at Rocksbox, PLACE, PNCA, Milepost 5, Timeshare Gallery and in various geurilla interventions or situations. He is also Contributing Editor for CENTRAL. Will graduates with a BFA in Studio Practice from PSU in June, 2015.
Drawings by Will Elder.

A scene from tonite’s opening at the #LittmanGallery ! A heartfelt “thank you” goes out to everyone who made it out and engaged with the space. So much careful consideration and research went into creating the space and everyone who came played an integral role in making it successful. Also, a special “thank you” goes out to Kevin Holden for working so efficaciously as the gallery attendant/moderator. Monster love from here and until forever!! xo