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The Eyes of Isaac Newton

Iggy McGovern

Paper $15.00    |    978-1-910251-27-0    |    2018

In his fourth collection of poems, poet and physicist Iggy McGovern lets art and science intermingle in poems that range from the domestic to the ekphrastic. With trademark formality he runs his eye over an array of themes, some familiar, some less so, allowing for both conversation and collision.

The Eyes of Isaac Newton
Let us salute the oddest of them all,
who used a bodkin to investigate
how pressure might affect his own eyeball
yet came down on the right of the debate
that sight is ‘intromittist’—light received
and not that light from their captains’
     piercing eyes
caused soldiers to shield theirs, as was
     believed
by the ancient Greeks who would
     philosophize
upon the origins of that salute—
and that this light was made up of
     corpuscles
(a flyball that Einstein would one day catch),
then played the private eye in hot pursuit
of Chaloner; their last of many tussles
would see the coiner’s bulging-eyed dispatch.
  The Eyes of Isaac Newton

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