I was inspired by the way the prompt exposes and exploits the indistinguishable margins of vagueness, and in my responses I’ve cut away the visual context we’d normally rely on to grasp the significance or magnitude of a thing. In some instances, I’ve replaced the original context with a substitute. My intention was to push vagueness toward new meaning, but not to get there. A disembodied hand placed in the middle of a blank piece of paper begs for meaning. Some see it reaching, while others see it pulling, grasping. You might imagine what for, who with. The blank piece of paper a series of vague adjectives, its meaning dependent on whatever mood and preconceived ideas we bring to it. Each of these responses attempts to distort context in order to push into the discomfort of vagueness.

glass half full

Drink, Collage (Images and text from Sunset Magazine, Jan-Dec 1982)

 

 

hands 1

Hands, Collage (Images and text from Sunset Magazine, Jan-Dec 1982 and Reader’s Digest, April 1964)

 

 

hands 2

Hands, Collage (Images and text from Sunset Magazine, Jan-Dec 1982)

 

 

heap of coffee

Drink, Collage (Images and text from Sunset Magazine, Jan-Dec 1982)

 

 

more taste less waist

Vague Marketing, Collage (Images and text from Sunset Magazine, Jan-Dec 1982)

 

 

water salt and weather

Water Salt and Weather, Collage (Images and text from Sunset Magazine, Jan-Dec 1982)

 

 

you name it and you ll be it

You Name It and You’ll Be It, Collage (Images and text from Sunset Magazine, Jan-Dec 1982)

Brooke Schifano recieved her MFA at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She’s been a recipient of the Anne Fields Poetry Prize and has served as a poetry editor for Breakwater Review and Fourteen Hills.