Harlan W. Butt, Metalsmith
Odyssey Vessel #3: Polyphemus
2016
copper, enamel
6 x 5.5 x 5.5
The Odyssey Series is composed of ten lidded containers based loosely on Homer’s epic poem. The story parallels Odysseus’ voyage but does not attempt to duplicate it. Homer’s original epic poem inspired me but the journey described in these enameled vessels and the poems imprinted inside are my own.

POLYPHEMUS

I’ve always hated big hulking creatures;
Those that throw their weight around.
They think they are entitled.
Which is why I was compelled
To see the lair for myself.
I admit that I was taken aback
By his size and strength.
But I outsmarted him easily.
Though my fellows, I regret, paid dearly.

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