stars glitter beyond bath-showroom glass.
archimedes, lost down a plughole in syracuse
resurfaces in brunswick, everything bared.
i watch him clamber from tub to tub, testing
the hippest gloss black or white freestanding
styles. night cars growl past as he slips
into the current sensation, clear burnt orange.
he floats, overflowing the cliché, feels
the buoyant surge of inspiration—why run
through the streets naked when the eureka
moment can be witnessed through
transparent acrylic? he scrubs a heel
with pumice, wondering how many
grains of sand it takes to fill
his universe. i wonder about
scratches in gloss acrylic.
- Dael Allison 2015
The Archimedes Palimpsest: a parchment overwritten by 13th century monks which included a copy of previously unknown theorems by Archimedes.
Dael Allison edits and writes poetry, essays and prose. Fairweather's Raft, poems exploring the life of artist Ian Fairweather, was published by Walleah Press in 2012.