“Calderas” is a descriptive memoir. My perspective is that of a Bermudian who once lived in the US, returning to America to visit Yellowstone for the first time. Though this is not a critical essay, seeing Yellowstone’s waterscapes and wildlife – sometimes through a camera, sometimes through the bleary eye of memory – made me think that seeing is an act of invasion and delusion that is also a blending. What I saw was sometimes utterly strange; the geothermal springs dyed red and turquoise by cyanobacteria might have belonged to another planet. But the animals I encountered made it clear that it was I who was the stranger in that place. And though I often reflect on what it was to live in America as a foreigner, only after visiting Yellowstone did I realize just how foreign even the most familiar places are.
Published in “See America,” the January 2016 issue of the fabulous online magazine, The Hypocrite Reader.
From the Editors of The Hypocrite Reader:
See, see now! Mandy-Suzanne Wong waxing sharp and lyrical on the calderas of this nation, Olivia Durif and Sam Feldman with very different takes on roadtripping, Paul Hermanson on James Agee and housing projects, Robert Henderson and Kate Williams on American legends (Justin Bieber and Waffle House), Anna Aizman on the American trophy film in the USSR, and Hannah Coolidge on oilfields: how we Suck them Dry. Don’t stop there: we have fine art from Tom Dyne, Katie Marshall, and several of the authors themselves! Yes, in this issue one can truly SEE AMERICA.