On looking at thyme under a microscope, the scientist reaches for a lemon

‘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)

Originally Published: April 3rd, 2010

Lavinia Greenlaw has published three books of poems, most recently Minsk. Her two novels are Mary George of Allnorthover and An Irresponsible Age and she has also published a memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls. Her work for BBC radio includes programs about the Arctic, the Baltic, the solstices...