Mark McMorris

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Mark McMorris

February 7, 2017

Seminar 5:30 PM in Lannan Center (New North 408)
Reading 8:00 PM in Copley Formal Lounge

A Place Made of Thought

Mark McMorris

Say then that the world is thinkable

and that the thought in which it appears

studies a picture of itself, and that there is space

inside the mind like a honeycomb

partitioned by a geometric savant—

beginning of the primum mobile.

The mind stands upon the ground

like a house made of straw, infinitely

tranquil in space, inside the folds

thought thinks like a piece of cloth

unraveled at the integral horizon.

Beyond the limits, the downfalling light

races to construe a there, a species

of landing, altogether tactile and unstable.

Say that the place is in the ether

and that a scribe dozes, bent over his scholia

in his dream-state copying the copy of the

original chalice, the orchid in heaven

how far does the mind project, how solemn

the hypothetical trace of Paradise

not metaphor and mordant simulacrum

but a real zero in orbit, chief of the ideas

entrusted to the scholar, in his wandering.

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