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The ordinary sky April 23, 2010: There were high slow-travelling Clouds in the sky that threw large Masses of Shade upon some of the Mountains. We walked backwards & forwards between home & Olliffs till I was tired William [...] by

The Hush House (for Ange Mlinko) April 16, 2010: He gains all points, who pleasingly confounds, Surprizes, varies, and conceals the Bounds. At eighteen, I read Pope’s “Epistle to Lord Burlington”, and while not remotely interested in gardens, [...] by

The Booth of Truth (for Daisy Fried) April 13, 2010: Do you sometimes feel you haven’t reached your full potential? Are you caring and thoughtful? Are you sometimes relaxed and confident in company – but other times shy and repressed? Questions you [...] by

On looking at thyme under a microscope, the scientist reaches for a lemon April 3, 2010: ‘the Grain affords a very pretty Object for the Microscope, namely, a Dish of Lemmons plac’d in a very little room.’ Robert Hooke (1635-1703) by

A broader question December 31, 2008: G. And what have you found in Iceland? C. What have we found? More copy, more surface, Vignettes as they call them, dead flowers in an album – The harmoniums in the farms, the fine-bread and [...] by

Recessive festive December 21, 2008: by

Hevenyssh December 16, 2008: Like the growth of crystals: a formative will and the impossibility of adopting any other mode. Comme le développement de cristaux: une volonté de formation, et une impossibilité de se former [...] by

Set aside December 12, 2008: Last weekend, walking along this beach, I wondered about all the bad poems and paintings this landscape has inspired. It’s the Suffolk coast between Walberswick and Dunwich (a dangerously [...] by

The plain shape of things November 30, 2008: Something stops making sense, won’t stay still, can’t be grasped, and then you come across the plain shape of it – a simple version that says ‘This is what I mean.’ Once when I was [...] by

Old world November 25, 2008: ‘First tell me what it was you thought you heard.’ by