Intruders on the Map

Posted on: June 8, 2015


[Illustration] Jamie Givens

THIS PLACE IS NEW to me. Agden Rocher. Its name sounds like a chocolate in silver foil. I turn the word Rocher over in my mouth a few times. If it had a taste, it would be bracken and new blood on my knees. All the way from the parking lot, the rocks were hidden behind the open-handed trees, but now I'm touching them, climbing a pale-grey arete. The rock is sandstone; it feels finer, smoother than the grit I'm used to. I place my hand flat against it, the way you would the flank of a horse.

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