The prophecies of fortune cookies serve as place settings in Holt’s Chinese Dinner, while the “table” is ornamented with the eight cardinal directions, written in English and Chinese. These eight points include Taoist measurements of yin and yang, or darkness and light, of celestial bodies at various times throughout the lunar calendar.
The World Through a Circle
Sun, moon, water, sky, earth, star; these are the words that shape the circular component of Holt’s concrete poem. The poem alludes to the cosmos as it is contained by the various frames and reflections of the earth below, from the human eye, to a pool of water, to the lens of a camera. Human perception of the cosmos and its earthly accomplices are the driving force behind the larger part of Holt’s oeuvre. In this early work, Holt manages to fit her most influential concepts within the confines of a circle.