Summer 1940 • Vol. II No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1940 |

Four Quartz Crystal Clocks

There are four vibrators, the world’s exactest clocks;  and these quartz time-pieces that telltime intervals to other clocks,  these worksless clocks work well:and all four, independently the  same are there, in the cool Bell    Laboratory time vault.   Checked by a comparator with Arlington,  they punctualize the "radio,cinema, and press," — a group the  Giraudoux truth-bureauof hoped-for accuracy has termed  "instruments of truth." We know —    as Jean Giraudoux says certain Arabs have not heard—that Napoleon  is dead; that a quartz prism whenthe temperature changes, feels  the change and that the thenelectrified alternate edges  oppositely charged, threaten    careful timing; so that this water-clear "crystal" as the Greeks used to say,  this "clear ice" must be kept at thesame coolness. Repetition, with  the scientist, should besynonymous with accuracy.  The lemur-student can see   

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Marianne Moore published multiple books of poetry. She won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Bollingen Prize. Her poems appeared in the Nation, the New Republic, Partisan Review, and the New Yorker.

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