Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Two Tourists with Guidebook Approach Planetarium

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Two Tourists with Guidebook Approach Planetarium

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Eva Noodle: The wind! My hair Is starting to grow sideways. What's this?

Eva Pick: The desired object, 900 Achsah Bond.

Noodle: It isn't really black.

Pick: Yet black is the effect.

Noodle: Beautifully polished.

Pick: Yes. Silver Is really the effect.

Noodle: How many sides does it have? Of what Material? And by what water?

Pick: By the Sea of Michigan salted With mill waste, it is carved in rainbow granite, But what metal domes the whole, the book doesn't say. It has one side for each House of heaven.

Noodle: And how Are the houses connected?

Pick: By the grooved ghosts of columns at each corner, And above them the phalanges Of square synecdochic coins, depicting Taurus's horn, Aries's Hoof, Virgo's hymen. They're Italian.

Noodle: What about enter and exit, window and door?

Pick: From here there are no windows, And the beveled doors would welcome only Splayed colors from the broken sun. Sinisterly intact, no one in or out, like an egg, But actually people descend A glass cage by the sundial, And corrupt it from beneath.

Noodle: What a relief. Is it male?

Pick: It is far too Perfect to say. Curved, Geometrical, monumental Yet vague, not phallus or breast.

Noodle: Can it be translated?

Pick: Accurately. It says here, Yesh La-ets ha-chayim keter, or De acerina reina o rey.

Noodle: With what paean does it inspire you? …

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