Latanier palm fronds

Worked, engraved and inked Latanier palm fronds
are used by Laotian monks
as a written means for transmitting sacred texts.
Bound with twine threaded through a hole
in the individual sheets, they form traditional books.

Untreated, they look astonishingly
like gouge or chisel strokes in matter itself.
These are gigantic outcrop lines filled with sensuality.
The indentations that make them rough together
with their sometimes stripped edges
give them their outlines.
They are punctuation marks filled
with an intrinsic tension that live
in their closeness or distance from each other.
They are parentheses which create the tension
needed for rhythm and they define the space
where emptiness is filled and intervals blossom.