shadowgraph 1: imagining the earth
(poetry detected in hendrik lorentz’s nobel physics lecture, 1902)
the present day? ‘in the mind’s case…’ the programmed air. the outshone sun. end-
less study: the room’s must… the corresponding silence. science investigating
its own circumstances? the magnetic can. (men raising triplets.) light grain, beam
splitting. search narrowing: ether in mind. language succeeding who? math: talk
cut short. (rapid typing…) liquid bodies. the X-rayed page? scientific method: nature
bound to say. (‘the enlightenmentTM axiomatic…’) small world: thought’s negative. life’s
long way to come. don’t panic? drawing back the light… titanic: the mind’s tip. after-
math: the trampled earth. ‘nature’? ether clearing… the runaway street. sat-
isfied equations. the indexed breeze. iron rainbows. ultraviolets. pretty picture? horse-
drawn men. all time local. building blocks? atomic foundation… (body: parts) key-
I want to draw your attention to new poems by Sean Howard. He’s a noted poet and professor from Nova Scotia, and employs something of the “found object” method to literature, gleaning poetry from such seemingly unpoetic sources as scientific treatises and library card files. We hope to publish more of his work in the coming months.
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Having been busy with many other things, I have not yet finished The Apprentice Mage, by R.F. Foster. But have enjoyed the 350 pages read so far. Am fast approaching the time when John Millington Synge and Yeats cause a riot with the staging of The Playboy of the Western World. Will be posting about that play and its author shortly.
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Wanted again to let the readers of Spinozablue know that we are currently accepting poetry, fiction, essays and reviews for publication. No previous publication is required. The only real requirement is that the work is fresh, original and good. Though that may sound a bit too much like food, it is generally a good recipe for the best in art as well. Bon appetit!