B H Fairchild

(1942 - / Houston, Texas.)

B H Fairchild Poems

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1. Old Men Playing Basketball 7/2/2015
2. The Problem 3/6/2012
3. The Deposition 3/6/2012
4. Flight 3/6/2012
5. Early Occult Memory Systems Of The Lower Midwest 3/6/2012
6. Angels 3/6/2012
7. Song 1/1/2004
8. Motion Sickness 1/1/2004
9. The Art Of The Lathe 1/1/2004
10. Thermoregulation In Winter Moths 1/1/2004
11. Body And Soul 1/1/2004

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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.
Each man withdraws into his house of work:
the rough cut, shearing of iron by tempered steel,
blue-black threads lifting like locks of hair,
then breaking over bevel and ridge.
Oil and ...

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