Wallace Stevens “Six Significant Landscapes” (VI)

Rationalists, wearing square hats,
Think, in square rooms,
Looking at the floor.
Looking at the ceiling.
They confine themselves
To right-angled triangles.
If they tried rhomboids,
Cones, waving lines. ellipses—
As, for examples, the ellipses of the half-moon—
Rationalists would wear sombreros.*
-Wallace Stevens from “Six Significant Landscapes” (VI)

*[Architects should wear sombreros]
-Debbie Lencioni (Lapp), inscription to Art Dyson in his copy of The Architecture of Arthur Dyson, 1986

-Wallace Stevens from “Six Significant Landscapes” (VI)

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