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A Cup of Topography

Created at 22. Nov. 2023

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by Cagla Gillis

The coffee cup opens like Le Guin's carrier bag, and stories overflow in shapes within the coffee grounds. The cup is a container that holds stories that are able to be collected and gathered.

There is not only one hero in the cup. There may be a rearing horse on two legs, a blazing sun, a bird that brings news, a fish that comes with its abundance, a key heralding a new beginning, a woman facing the moon… and “still there are seeds to be gathered, and room in the bag of stars” (Le Guin, 2019, p. 37).

The stories in the cup have no beginning and no end. When one story ends, the other begins. These stories do not contain significant conflicts. They mirror the experiences in the flow of daily life.

Le Guin, Ursula, (2019). The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction. Ignota.

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