"The inebriation of obtaining a solution." (John Taylor, "Measuring the Temple," The Apocalypse Tapestries)
Completing a first draft of a poem, whether in the rush of composition or over many weeks, is an incredible rush. ("Enivrez-vous sans cesse.") In "Measuring the Temple," Taylor identifies another rush: obtaining a solution to a difficult mathematical problem.
But he, too, made the turn that I did:
"You had long carried out the labors of mathematical deduction; now you withdrew from them completely."
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Measuring the Temple
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