“When the bottle is broken, its contents spread through the table cloth. The breaking is instantaneous, the spreading gradual. Even after the glass remnants of the bottle seem empty, the tinted surfaces continue to pale and the stain borders continue, as in time-lapse photography, to push out over the cloth. It is as though this continent were ruled by a maniac, shattered by the lay of the land and labeled a nothing. And it is as though this maniac-King were actually ruled by the tide, forever extending his empire involuntarily. And it is as though his castle were whole, untouched, and far away. Several pieces of the bottle hang onto the moistened label, which remains intact as part of the unbroken base. When these are pulled away, like scabs, from the label, they are, though still sharp, rather clouded by the thin glue applied long before.”—Keith Cohen, from “The Balustrade”Art Credit Harry Holland

“When the bottle is broken, its contents spread through the table cloth. The breaking is instantaneous, the spreading gradual. Even after the glass remnants of the bottle seem empty, the tinted surfaces continue to pale and the stain borders continue, as in time-lapse photography, to push out over the cloth. It is as though this continent were ruled by a maniac, shattered by the lay of the land and labeled a nothing. And it is as though this maniac-King were actually ruled by the tide, forever extending his empire involuntarily. And it is as though his castle were whole, untouched, and far away. Several pieces of the bottle hang onto the moistened label, which remains intact as part of the unbroken base. When these are pulled away, like scabs, from the label, they are, though still sharp, rather clouded by the thin glue applied long before.”

Keith Cohen, from “The Balustrade”
Art Credit Harry Holland

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