THE POSE OF THE FOUR PRINCIPAL SIMILITUDES

JULIA ROSE LEWIS

 
 

(I suspect the second chapter of Foucault’s “The Order of Things” can be mapped onto a morning spent redesigning a display case in a jewelry shop.)
 
 
       convenientia

                    Apples of the sea is befitting

                    brown freshwater pearls as a convention

                    of artisan potatoes red, yellow, and purple

                    apples of the earth.

       aemulatio

                    Virescent- greenish in color: prehnite, peridot,
                    chrysoprase, chrysoberyl,

                    synthetic green spinel, green amethyst,

                    tsavorite garnet, labradorite is greener in Wales.

       analogy

                    Fossilized dinosaur bone on diamond

                    white druzy on black opal

                    chalcedony on yellow topaz

                    et cetera et couples eternal are stacking rings.

       sympathy

                    Sapphires are sympathetic to one another corundum

                    comes in all colors.

                    Aquamarine has an antipathy for blue topaz

                    but all rules can be broken for holiday windows.
 
 
       Signatures as our misreadings of the cheat sheet on the reverse side of the price tag, written in minute script. Spinel misspelled reads spinach. “Resemblance never remains stable.” (Michel Foucault, 34) because inventory never remains stable, at least this is the green wish of the colorless.

 

 
 

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