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On the west side of Albuquerque is a park containing carvings in volcanic rock, dating from the Spanish colonial period to before the arrival of Europeans. Some carvings seem to communicate big, important concepts; others are just esoteric and interesting.
We're all just trying make our mark.


scratching at the surface
to find the curve beneath
a face or bird revealed
jagged wings or teeth

scraping out existence
in unforgiving terrain
the serpents swallow dust
the rocks they swallow pain

crawling for a thousand years
across volcano fields
I’m so tired of crawling
to sword and gun we yield

there in bones and spirit
lost is flesh and will
pigment has no meaning
in the potter’s field

carve my name
deep inside the stone
etch my face
deep into your memory
watch the stars
they’re tumbling, tumbling
the firmament falls
and we’re in everything



from New Mexico, released July 15, 2016



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Men of Science, Men of Faith New York, New York

Men of Science, Men of Faith is a project of NY-based artist Mike Jones. Inspired by a road trip through New Mexico in early 2015, "New Mexico" is simultaneously a love letter to the state and a meditation on the myth of the Old West and the American experience of the 20th century, from Route 66 kitsch to the atomic bomb. ... more

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