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 Amanda Jernigan

 

Vessel


Bilingual vessel,
late Archaic;
a woman the colour
of clay looks out
across the vessel’s
sintered black:


in all that dark water, never a bright sail.


Au verso, this
same woman, now
in silhouette,
looks out across
the vessel’s ground,
unsintered red:


in all that bright water, never a black ship.


Pour out the water.
From the vantage
of the vase painter,
the distant traveller,
this momentary column
holds you up.

—published by Daubers Press in an edition of 50 copies as part of the letterpress pamphlet Vessel (2010); forthcoming in Groundwork (Biblioasis, 2011)