Essay Series on Ploughshares Blog

I'm a 2016 blogger for Ploughshares! Approximately once a month, I'll progress query-by-query through Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, seeking poetic connections. This month is all about water (and villanelles).

The recurring image for this series is the Fry-Jefferson map of 1753. This map was produced by Peter Jefferson (TJ's father!) and Joshua Fry, both accomplished surveyors. Their work became the definitive map of 18th century Virginia, and Thomas Jefferson often refers to it in his Notes. 

The recurring image for this series is the Fry-Jefferson map of 1753. This map was produced by Peter Jefferson (TJ's father!) and Joshua Fry, both accomplished surveyors. Their work became the definitive map of 18th century Virginia, and Thomas Jefferson often refers to it in his Notes.