Lines – Carl Tomlinson

Carl Tomlinson Oxford Stanza Two

Carl Tomlinson
Oxford Stanza Two

Two themes I took from the exhibition were the physicality of Harry’s quests for knowledge and the recurrence of lines- lines of communication, lines of data points, lines of battle-in his story


A line in a letter recalls
the boy seizing eggs from a nest in the garden,
taking flight from the ever unhatched

A line on a lab chart records
the man seizing sense from a nest made of metal,
grasping light from the atoms he hatched

A line on the battlefield crackles.
His atoms take flight and they fall
in a line in a cable, a line in a diary,
a line on a monument wall.

© Carl Tomlinson, October 2015

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