An Introduction to Darcie Abbene by Emma Bolden

In The Hare With Amber Eyes, ceramicist Edmund de Waal writes that [s]tories and objects share something, a patina,” that “[p]erhaps a patina is a process of rubbing back so that the essential is revealed.” In her essay “Go On, Then,” Darcie Abbene’s artful prose reveals the essential importance of the smallest objects and shortest moments to our lives and to our own stories. The objects and animals in Abbene’s essay may, at first, seem meaningless, so simple that they may be overlooked or discounted as trash: an abandoned bicycle rim, a blank blackboard, a common cardinal. But through Abbene’s graceful prose, these oft-ignored things accrete meaning, affect change, and reveals how, through the process of meaning-making, the smallest moments become the largest lessons in our lives.

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