May/June 2018 • Vol. XL No. 3 Nature's (Human) NatureMay 1, 2018 |

From “July”

July 10 New York to Minneapolis to Bemidji, MN Minneapolis Institute of Art: a special exhibit of landscape paintings. On the wall an Edward Hopper quote: "My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impressions of nature." We see Hockney's Grand Canyon, a misinterpreted O'Keefe ("canyon" that is really a cunt), and Venice by Turner, et al. "Enough with the Venice!" Muri stops at an ornate papal ink- stand (about the size of a microwave oven) "Come off it!" she tells the patriarchy. She likes best the room filled with Frank Lloyd Wright models and furniture. "You like ob- jects." "Yeah, I dont like art. I mean, I don't not like it but I don't need to think about it the way you do." I see a white man staring at her breasts (which are gorgeous, to be fair) and have the impulse to strangle him. Pro- tectiveness or jealousy or both? Earlier, in the Enterprise car rental office, a gorgeous clerk alone at

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Kathleen Ossip
Kathleen Ossip is the author of three books of poetry, including The Do-Over, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. She was a 2016–17 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

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