Treasure Island

B H Fairchild

(1942 - / Houston, Texas.)

Poems of B H Fairchild

1. Angels 3/6/2012
2. Body and Soul 1/1/2004
3. Early Occult Memory Systems Of The Lower Midwest 3/6/2012
4. Flight 3/6/2012
5. Motion Sickness 1/1/2004
6. Song 1/1/2004
7. The Art of the Lathe 1/1/2004
8. The Deposition 3/6/2012
9. The Problem 3/6/2012
10. Thermoregulation in Winter Moths 1/1/2004

The Art of the Lathe

Leonardo imagined the first one.
The next was a pole lathe with a drive cord,
illustrated in Plumier's L'art de tourner en perfection.
Then Ramsden, Vauconson, the great Maudslay,
his student Roberts, Fox, Clement, Whitworth.

The long line of machinists to my left
lean into their work, ungloved hands adjusting the calipers,
tapping the bit lightly with their fingertips.

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