Kersten Christianson

Kersten Christianson

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Charged Particles

Nothing but north wind, black-coffee night sky patterned by quartz-chipped stars. Fortified by red wine, chunked chocolate our pre-ski picnic warmed the blood. Wrapped in Arctic gear, we crossed and looped the lagoon parallel to the Chukchi Sea. Shuffle and glide of cross-country skis masked by laughter at our dogs unwilling to skijor; laughter at the brittle hollow sound of thirty-below, that crack of loneliness shelved and distant.

Photo Credit: Scott Larsen
Kristan LaVietes

Kristan LaVietes

Beth Spencer

Beth Spencer