If you were young at the advent of email, I bet you have a story behind your very personal, potentially embarrassing first address. I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours.
When Twitter came to stay, I picked my handle with similar flippancy, though perhaps it’s a bit more humble. Shepersky is my birth name, short-hand for the far-flung clan that’s anchored me as long as I can remember. And the only home I’ve ever adopted on purpose is Portland, Oregon — airport call sign PDX.
This website used to identify me as just “PDXpersky.” Then suddenly I was actually publishing things, and I thought I’d better put my real name on my online home. But I’m fond of the portmanteau, so the URL stays.
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So, you talk to trees? Sometimes. Also the moon.
Mostly I go outside, as often as possible, and I try to listen. To whatever wants to show up, outside of me.
Though I also think what we bring is half the story. I’m interested in concepts of place and land and how we humans think and feel and act in regard to them. And in how we relate them to our concepts of home. As we all must, I begin from my own experience.
I write poetry & essays, and I photograph. You’ll find all three here. Broadly, my art explores the natural world, internal space, and the conversation between them.
About Trail A Week
Essays published on this site between August 2015 and August 2016 were created as part of a year-long project called Trail A Week. Many of these essays are no longer available. Let’s just say they’ve served their purpose, and have been since, ahem, recycled.
Trail A Week was my commitment to create a new original piece of writing on a schedule. I started with a new or known hiking trail, found a friend to walk it with, and then sat down at the keyboard to think about the place and the experience “out loud.” It was a fascinating process that continues to give after the project has ended: I’m never quite sure what’s going to come up.
Everything on this site, including photography and the written word (unless otherwise noted), is copyright Tara K. Shepersky. Share all you like, but please attribute. Better yet, link.