Meridians are a net
Which catches nothing; that sea-scampering bird
The gull, though shores lapse every side from sight, can yet
Sense him to land, but Hanno had not heard
Had he not gone by watchful periploi:
Chalk rocks, and isles like beasts, and mountain stains along
The water-hem, calmed him at last near-by
The clear high hidden chant
Blown from the spellbound coast, where under drifts
Of sunlight, under plated leaves, they guard the plant
By praising it. Among the wedding gifts
Of Herë, were a set
Of golden McIntoshes, from the Greek
Imagination. Guard and gild what’s common, and forget
Uses and prices and names; have objects speak.
There’s classic and there’s quaint,
And then there is that devout intransitive eye
Of Pieter de Hooch: see feinting from his plot of paint
The trench of light on boards, the much-mended dry
Courtyard wall of brick
And sun submerged in beer, and streaming in glasses,
The weave of a sleeve, the careful and undulant tile. A quick
Change of the eye and all this calmly passes
Into a day, into magic.
Is there any end to true textures, to true
Integuments; do they ever desist from tacit, tragic
Fading away? Oh maculate, cracked, askew,
Gay-pocked and potsherd world
I voyage, where in every tangible tree
I see afloat among the leaves, all calm and curled,
The Cheshire smile which sets me fearfully free.
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- David Rumsey Map Collection
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- Emulatio (this might just fall under the curious heading)
- Erasmus Institute
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- Fine Press Book Association
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- Iron Curtain Press
- James Branch Cabell
- Janus Motorcycles
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- Le Blogotheque (music with kazoos)
- Le Divan Fumoir Bohemien
- Mis-Identifying Wildflowers
- Moped Army
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- My Wife Says I Have An Obsession
- Permanent Style
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- The International Fortean Organization
- The Ruin of Thomas More College
- The Sartorialist
- The Shockoe Examiner
- The Simple Sailor
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- The Tympanum Press
- The Vintagent
- Timothy Richards Architectural Models
- Treats for Mopeds, yum.
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Meridians are a net