This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Jordi Alonso, is from Night Swim by Joan Kwon Glass, released by Diode Editions in 2022.
The shell…blends in with the darkness of the sea, and when seen from
below…blends in with the light coming from above.
Wikipedia on the chambered nautilus
A woman sits up weary in her nightdress, holds her knees, dying in bed, a basket of thread unspooling beside her. She turns toward the window and by the way light floods the glass we assume she gazes out onto the sea. At the foot of the bed the chambered nautilus waits. The dying woman, Wyeth’s mother-in-law, has remained with me through half my life: two divorces, three children grown, the carrying on after unbearable loss. The old woman whose face I wouldn’t recognize does not bear witness but she never leaves me. The morning I found out that my sister was gone the old woman watched the ocean chip away at the shore. 20 years ago, my sister stood beside me when I bought this print. We were visiting the Wyeth homestead in Maine, promised each other we would meet here again someday when we were old and love had failed us. Christine was her pick, a woman crawling and reaching for home, her numb legs dragging behind her, pointer finger raised and wavering like a broken compass. I chose Chambered Nautilus. No longing for arrival, just a turning away from the room where your life will end and toward whatever light the world still holds.
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