Poem Boats: To Marguerite
3 x 20 x 8
Porcelain with incised lettering, terra cotta with glazes
These boats are carrying the words of Matthew Arnold's poem "To Marguerite", one stanza to each small boat. The poem describes the isolation felt by human beings who "surely, once, they feel, were parts of a single continent", but are now islands divided from each other by an "unplumbed, salt, estranging sea". The boats derive from a number of poem boats I have made, carrying various texts. Here each travels alone through the sea that divides them.