My Mother's Crystal Bowl single work   poetry   "It welcomes light like a smile, happy with space,"
  • Author: Jan Owen http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/owen-jan
Issue Details: First known date: 1998 1998
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The crystal bowl encounters light as at the atomic level, where crystals form, a change as 'precipitate' as the way the writer's mother changed, presumably in death. The flavour of the peppermints inside recalls her laughter, lasting as the colours in Neith-Hotep's tomb frescoes, and the bowl becomes a canopic jar, which held the physical remnants of Egyptian dead, bringing longing for the lost one. The flavour of the mint dries on the tongue, so the longing becomes a 'thirsty' version of the coin placed under the tongue to pay the passage of Greek souls across the river of death.

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  • Appears in:
    y Quadrant vol. 42 no. 10 October 1998 Z590493 1998 periodical issue 1998 pg. 63
  • Appears in:
    y Timedancing Jan Owen , Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2002 Z1002721 2002 selected work poetry Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2002 pg. 49
  • Appears in:
    y Poems : 1980-2008 Jan Owen , Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 Z1526900 2008 selected work poetry Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 pg. 190-191
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