Box of Dreams:
Dreamed 2009/9/8 by Jenny Badger Sultan
In a tall glass room, this rather classical male torso is floating, like an ancient herm on a plinth of air, under a great dome like the Pantheon.
Someone asks "Is it floating there, or is it stable?"
I reply, "it's floating."
A puzzling image. Representing Hermes, the psychopomp, protector of the crossroads?
--Jenny Badger Sultan
Jenny herself didn't remark on it, but this mysterious dream echoes an earlier one in the Box of Dreams: My Design for the Dome, in which she plans an elaborate mural for the inside of a civic dome rather like this one. No herms in sight, I admit.
I have a different take on the statue, hinging on her own answer: "It's floating." In classical times, such herm statues were erected not only at crossroads, but anywhere male energy was wanted for fertility or protection. Yet Jenny's dream-self sees the classic symbol of the male principle as floating--as unstable. And after two centuries of The Woman Question, I think her dream is posing the real riddle of our age: The Man Question. What is a true, grounded, stable man, without hype and bluster, a man who's not floating?
And where do you find one to examine? Not, apparently, under the domes of power.
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