these are the timesdirty beloved



Record of longings forgotten

Although the Iraqi Muslim scientist Ibn al-Haitham was the first to experiment with camera obscura, Shen Kuo was the first to apply geometrical and quantitative attributes to the camera obscura, just several decades after Ibn al-Haitham's death. Using a fitting metaphor, Shen compared optical image inversion to an oarlock and waisted drum.

The winter is not too sad, say it


I first saw Kitaj's "Where The Railroad Leaves The Sea" in 1976 and it knocked my socks off.
via wood s lot


red iron sun


...of an ancient lordly time, deposited
under the bleachers like leftover lumber and puzzling
for all of these years at the alien rituals of crush and cheer
and of treasure beyond any hieroglyphic...
Albert Goldbarth at Poetry Daily

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