the shroud of Turin
transforming the body into light
imprints linen like a photographic negative
at least, that's the story
to assure possession, perpetual presence
but imprinting loss
the moment when the subject is changed
here's another story:
a photo of a photo
a scan of a photo of the photo
a screening of a scan of a photo of a photo
a "lettura" or lecture on a photo
a reading of a photo
a linen sample, on which to run carbon-14 dating tests
if it's old enough, does that prove "authenticity"?
light as the author, or a paintbrush
how large a sampling is needed
to test the weavings of its meanings?
new tests are now being done
neither the believers nor the doubters are satisfied
"la beauté est dans le route"
"Beauty is in the street"
seeing this face we face
the faces of all of the representations
(not just the resurrection) of Jesus
all layered in the linen
Christ as blond and blue-eyed
Christ as a Semite
Christ as Black
also viewing all this
with the memory
of Walter Benjamin's and Roland Barthes' faces
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