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Librex Solaris
by Angela Lorenz
 
Bologna, Italy 1990
 
This book takes the form of a portable sun-clock, originally composed of two ivory or wooden rectangles joined with brass hinges and hooks. When facing north, a cord fixed at the latitude casts a shadow indicating the hour. The ten etchings approximate sun-clocks from the 16th-19th centuries mad in Germany and Japan. One copy was printed for each hour of the day in Times.

[printed in] Verona
1990

 

   
TEXT
   
To be on
time
in Time
took time.
For timing,
time and again,
depended on elements
other
than men.

When the waters
froze,
The water clock
had woes
with its aqueous
flows.

When the winds
did blow,
The candle clock
burned low,
Or ceased
to glow.

When
the seas
would rock,
So did
the clock
And no longer
ticked-tock.
The only clock
these trials
could stand
came in
the form
of Time: the
sand. But it
needed a constant
hand.

Day in
day out, the
only one that
worked on its own
was known as
the sun.

A
stick
in the
mud,
An obelisk grand.
A
stone
on its
side,
The shadow of man.

Theonly
tick of
this clock
in its day,
was when
the sun
went
away.