THE DENSITY OF DEATH
by
JONATHAN VOS POST

Death enters the Physics Laboratory meanders past the magnets' poles wires coil on spools and rolls the slide projector stops its story Darkness diffracts through sharp-edged prisms sweeps across oscilloscopes blackens textbooks' indexed hopes and silences their catechisms An airless breeze turns supercool as volt-ohmmeter's needle dips the teeth of the alligator clips are clenched unopening and cruel Not vacuum tubes that hold their breath nor manuals for engineers erase from blackboards of our fears the chalky fingerprints of Death. 1520-1555 22 Apr 87 [in Dr. Theodore N. Sarachman's lab, Whittier College]

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