Posted in 2016-2017 Readings and Talks
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.