The single sentence of the day — an alphabet of bone, keepsakes and meanwhiles — ends as it ought: period.
The method, adhered to rigorously, is simple: repetition following a rule.
The rule changes, though with subtlety.
It’s not as if an oath were broken and a city sacked, or that one could see now without assistance the Cat’s Eye Nebula in the constellation Draco.
The shop is closed for inventory.
The blinds are drawn to keep secret the languorous counting.
Still light out.
Without apprehension we call it a night.
Amani Willett. Untitled, 2013.
Eric Pankey’s most recent collection of poems is Augury (Milkweed Editions, 2017). His visual art can be found at https://www.artfinder.com/eric-pankey.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Amani Willett’s photography is driven by conceptual ideas surrounding family, history, memory, and the social environment. His first monograph, Disquiet, (Damiani, 2013) — a meditation on starting a family in a time of social unrest and uncertainty in America — was selected as one of the best books of the year by PDN, Photo-Eye (Todd Hido), and Conscientious (Joerg Colberg). Willett’s photographs are featured in the books Bystander: A history of Street Photography (forthcoming, Phaidon), Street Photography Now (Thames and Hudson), New York: In Color (Abrams), and in a wide range of publications including American Photography, Newsweek, Harper’s Magazine, and the New York Times. Amani completed an MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2012.