Camping out

Camping out

The infinite regression of things
was never made clearer to you
than that starless night
when you took the form
of a chattering chicken's head
projected onto the nylon
wall of a tent, and looking back

at the pinched forefinger and thumb
that made your beak, back
through the clenched middle and ring
fingers to the flickering
kerosene lantern, you knew that even he,
your pudgy, rotten-toothed, dim-
witted creator, could not behold what

you, a knuckle-brained silhouette
could see on the other side
of the screen: the racoon at the picnic
basket, the speckled fawn disappearing
under brush for fear, and beyond
the timberline, the fat orange moon
that was busy, obliterating the stars.


from A Lens in the Palm (Carcanet, 2008), © Kelly Grovier 2008, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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1The shed

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2The stars

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3The easel of Mantegna

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4The ancient of days

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5Rodin's Balzac

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6Camping Out

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7Rain, Steam and Speed

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8Tens and eight

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9The lens

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10The needle

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11Ghosting

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12Lost

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13The lost room

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14The recipe

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15Table Saw

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16Furcula

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17Lacewing

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18St Augustine's Abbey

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19Conversions

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20The astrologers

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21The Book of Clues

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22Giftings

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23Icon

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24A spider in Trinity College Chapel

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25Fra Angelico

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26Les Parapluies

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27The triple tree

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28Of thought - the train

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29Mincing Words

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30There

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31'Nor even yet quite relinquish'

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32The Consolation of Philosophy

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33The frequency

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34Metaphysics

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35Spinnings

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36Tractatus

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37The night is like a dinosaur

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38Via negativa

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39April Morning

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40The meadow

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41Palms

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42Wan Hu's flying chair

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43Murmuration

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44Söl

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45Hurricane Alley

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46The Ruined Statue of a Saint

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47Pancho Villa

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