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through the narrowest of slits, 2
 

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ex Professor Piazzi Smyth, “Colour, in Practical Astronomy, Spectroscopically Examined.” in Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 28 (1879): 779-843 (this being p801, as scanned)

 
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One stone atop the other:
he’s not building a house.
One word after the other —
only words, not a poem.

 
Yannis Ritsos (1909-90 *), “Ticks of the Clock, 1988-1989,” in Late into the Night : The Last Poems of Yannis Ritsos (translated by Michael McKinsey, 1995)
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29 October 2012
tags: colour; Piazzi Smyth; practical astronomy; words; Yannis Ritsos