Full desertness, In souls as countries, lieth silent-bare Under the blanching, vertical eye-glare Of the absolute Heavens.
Like Wordsworth, Barrett fills her octave with negatives: "hopeless," "passionless," "desertness," "silent-bare." But unlike Wordsworth, she does not convert them into positives.
There are signals that the city is ready to deal more creatively with its climate, to parlay its desertness
into a unique asset and a source of pride.
Farther west, Richard Misrach has devoted himself to an ongoing visual compendium of "desertness
," or the "idea" of the desert.
Re-ascending to this original perch, he is struck by the "hushed desertness
" of the empty church and compares himself to Moses looking at the Promised Land that was forbidden to him, as we have noted.
Today, as the desert is being stripped of its "desertness
," novelists are trying to preserve its imaginative cultural value.