The Measurements by Ruth Aylett


St Andrews is into full StAnza swing this week with events all across the town in various venues.  Especially for MUSA we are excited to bring you the work of four poets who have been commissioned to write a poetic response to objects from our collections at MUSA this week. They are Helen Lawrenson, Richie McCaffery, Ruth Aylett, Rob A. MacKenzie.  Our final poem is by Ruth Aylett.


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Universal Instrument made by Humphrey Cole,
London, 1582

Sound hautbois, viols, trumpets for:


Astrolabe, clock,

settling where and when,

ingenious engine of location.


But what if the fixed stars

are a slow swarm of bees,

and measurement is touch,

not glance, pinballing  photons

into a fuzz-smudge of where-when;

and we observers a word

at the tip of the tongue

of universal interaction?


You can see more of these responsive poems in the Lines on a Map exhibit at The Byre and find out more about the StAnza Festival by following the link below:


#StAnza  #PoetryinMuseums


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