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Todd Conover
Artist
When first asked to select a haiku for this project I did not look at the poets' names as I wanted to choose based solely on the meaning of the haiku. After a preliminary review, this haiku was last on my list for one simple reason; I did not understand why it seemed so negative.

When it became difficult to select one haiku I decided to look at the writers' names only to realize that this seemingly negative haiku was written by the Native American stone carver Tom Huff. It was then that I realized it was meant in a very different and positive way and I immediately envisioned beautiful swampland in the foreground with Syracuse receding into the image.

Before brickólaid streets
Before handódug waterways
This was good swampland

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