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Robinson Jeffers – Wild fence-vaulter science

April 23, 2014

                                                      Humanity
    is the start of the race; I say
Humanity is the mould to break away from, the crust to
    break through, the coal to break into fire,
The atom to be split.
                          Tragedy that breaks man’s face
    and a white fire flies out of it; vision that fools him
Out of his limits, desire that fools him out of his limits,
    unnatural crime, inhuman science,
Slit eyes in the mask; wild loves that leap over the walls
    of nature, the wild fence-vaulter science,
Useless intelligence of far stars, dim knowledge of the
    spinning demons that make an atom,
These break, these pierce, these deify, praising their God
    shrilly with fierce voices: not in a man’s shape
He approves the praise, he that walks lightning-naked on
    the Pacific, that laces the suns with planets,
The heart of the atom with electrons: what is humanity
    in this cosmos? For him, the last
Least taint of a trace in the dregs of the solution; for
    itself, the mould to break away from, the coal
To break into fire, the atom to be split.

From Roan Stallion

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