The stars

think themselves into existence
and know themselves too good
for words:
                 dippers,
                               plough.

The trouble comes at picnics -
the last to leave, lovers lying
head to head, sky-faced,

naming the unnameable with eyes
closed - flickerings - the unknown
knowing the unknowable. After a while,

it becomes difficult to separate
what about them moves the most -
the bright intangibility of something

that's no longer there from the utter
absence that beckons in between -
the echoed darkness or the dark

unechoing. 'Look', she says,
pointing to neither,
'how cold is that?'


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

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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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19Conversions

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21The Book of Clues

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23Icon

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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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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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45Hurricane Alley

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