“To see is to think” writes Etel Adnan in Seasons. This means that she keeps her attention at the constant intersection of our selves with climate and environment. The result is a kind of inner platonic dialogue between the senses and the mind, one’s skin and the world.
A series of meditations following the sun, SEASONS arrives in mesmerizing waves of observation and reflection. The blue depths of Adnan’s inquiry—into the nature of Being, Time, knowledge itself—crest moment upon moment of quiet revelation, as the passions of history, myth, today, and yesterday rage and subside beneath her watchful eye. “To think is not to contemplate, it’s to witness.” So stanzas wash upon the page’s horizon, ever moving toward the mind’s encounters with the world. Intimate with ephemera, alert to what’s hidden, SEASONS seeks the universe within and beyond the spirit’s changeable weather, finding everywhere its center. —Megan Pruitt