HOW TO REPLACE WORRY WITH TRUST
You live in Fool’s Valley. You are the valley and no one is fooled. You are the valley and
I am your fool. You are the valley. I am a fool. You are the valley and I am the valley and
together we curve: apostrophe S. The fool is long gone and it wasn’t his valley. It isn’t
ours, either. We’re just white folks who live here.
I drove to Fool’s Valley to see you, but you were already gone. I thought I knew where
I’d find you and I was right. The other library, on the east side of town, hanging out with
that librarian, Megan.
I said what are you doing with that librarian, Megan.
Nothing, you said. I read lots of books.
Sarah Malakoff. Napoleon, 2013.
Carol Guess is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose. She teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University and lives in Seattle.
Sarah Malakoff’s large-scale color photographs are examinations of the home as both a refuge from and at times a re-creation of the outside world. She has had solo exhibitions at Camerawork Gallery in Portland, Oregon; Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts; The Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, Vermont; the Sol Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts; and Plane Space in New York, New York. She received 2001 and 2011 Fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a 2011 Fellowship from the SMFA, Boston. A monograph, Sarah Malakoff: Second Nature, was published by Charta Art Books in 2013. She is an Assistant Professor at UMass Dartmouth and her work can be seen at www.sarahmalakoff.com.