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  • Added by: sulthana @ 13 Aug 2010 22:03
    Letter to a Portugese Cosmologist
    A poem John asked to be highlighted:Ruth PadelLetter To A Portugese Cosmologist The Universe has no doors and no edges. There is nothing stopping us from seeingwhat is going on in any direction except the cosmological horizon.– Pedro Ferreira, The State of the Universe You talk of Godel, truths that can’t be proved,the surface-of-last-scatterorigins of light. You pit tokens of dark matter,shrinking us, against a mysterious safetypushing everything further apart,but don’t know how to answer where you’re from.You look for things that do not shine,mathematics of connectednessin what the rest of us see as spotted lacquer. Then add in Africawhere your grandfathers were born.Shanty-towns, streetcorner Kwaito music,glottal grammarof too-quick-to-followXhosa chat shows, acacia tineson sulphurous horizons,surnames you recognize from Portugalon fading turquoise petrol-station signs. We don’t know, you say, how the first starswere born. If the universe wraps round itselfwe should see tapestries of repeating lights,distant copies of ourselves, our galaxyand neighbours, as they were in the past.I’m at the kitchen table, moon above my headand night, pretending to be naked,is flaunting her dark energy. All that pushing apart!We close our prayers, most inward whenmost looking out, on open numbers, three, five,seven, nine.We come home to ourselvesfollowing a silver-paper-trailamong elliptic nebulae, light-pathsthrough strings of misalignment,rough space that’s never empty.F ...

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