Fragments by Helen May Williams

Fragments

… not nearly … evidence for activity …
in … Demeter Sanctuary … there is in …
… difficult fragments … chance strays.

… many more fragments … pottery datable …
significant … types of vessels once thought to be …
… relief bowls with long petals. The link between …

… long-petal bowls … over forty years ago:
. . . in … older part of … there was
not a fragment of a bowl with long petals. But a few …

… only a few fragments that seem to be post … 473.
… Sanctuary was dormant … at least one hundred years …
it was necessary to discard great amounts:

… surface, mixed fills … large body fragments … like …
undatable sherds (shards) … those … large dump fills
… intrinsically important sherds from insignificant contexts …

… decorated … imported fragments were retained
Yet only one fragment … found in the Sanctuary …
same vessel … is still very fragmentary.

… imported … red-figured kraters … a few additional fragments …
… in … dining rooms or dedicated as votives …
The findspots of fragments are not always revealing.

… numbers of cups … Demeter Sanctuary … staggering.
… a ritual toast … drunk and then … cup discarded.
Large coarse-ware vessels … in almost every area …

ritual … use of wine or water … joining sherds … pottery
… a few intrusive Roman fragments … the Demeter Sanctuary,
a very small fragment of Etruscan bucchero.

krater fragments from … site … typical animal frieze …
… cavalry scene … hand of a more ambitious painter.
… chain of dancing women … Archaic fragments …

… few uninventoried Attic fragments survive)
a new decorative technique, outline style, in different shapes;
it may have reference to cult practices.

… special group of vessels, mostly kraters, … use … Demeter Sanctuary,
… relatively short span … time … most now so fragmentary … extant painting …
indecipherable … vessels in the original state … very …

special vessels for cult purposes … served the needs …
representation of … abduction of Persephone
was repaired in antiquity, attesting its importance.

attested by many fragments … a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes …
… has a handsome … in added red and white; the krater was …
It cannot be determined … large, finely made, and probably …

… All fragments from any usable or significant context were retained . . .

 

Helen May Williams is Associate Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, The University of Warwick.  She is completing an edition of memoirs by her late mother, who worked at Bletchley Park and for E.C.I.T.O.  Her poetry has been published in a number of small press publications since the late 1970s, including Hearing Voices, Horizon and Raw Edge, I Am Not a Silent Poet and the collection, Bluebeard’s Wives, Heaventree Press 2007.

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