077.1: Jesse Delong:: The Amateur Scientist’s Notebook: Floret
12 September 2011
Jesse Delong’s poem wants it all. At once meditative, descriptive, and lyrical, the poem achieves its many accomplishments by being what its title promises: a notebook. With all the enthusiasm of an amateur, Delong’s poem suggests that the scientist who explores the floret is more interested in Swedenborg’s correspondences than a better nomenclature. Through Delong’s poetic notes, the floret becomes a vehicle for “revelation//by route of pigmentation”.