Travis Macdonald


the beginning, god created
who read this book, made
acquaintance with the noble building of Euclid’s geometry and,
in order
to prevent the confusion of all
the magnificent structure on the
upon the face
which you were chased about,
said: “Let there be light…” And there was.


Of your past experience you would certainly regard every
good and god. Divided, the Light (from
the most out-of-the-way proposition of this
called "Night
of Natural Selection")
of Proud Certainty would leave you immediately if
sterility of hybrids could
be a firmament in the midst
of the
waters. And let it divide the
true. Let us proceed.
And god made
profitable degrees of
consideration. Geometry sets out from certain conceptions (such
from the waters)
and straight
above the firmament. And it was so.
And god called the firmament "heaven" and the evening
"subject." Two classes of facts

to a
large extent fundamentally different have generally been confounded.



microscope reveals (in the first)
the methods of geometry. But that it is
in itself,

itself. After his kind and god saw that, it
was good and the evening. And the
imperfectly developed. This Distinction
can only say that Euclidean geometry deals with things.
The firmament of the
two cases has to
be considered. The distinction has
let them be for signs and for seasons and
for days
does not tally.

Let them be for lights in the
firmament of the heaven. To give light upon
habit of designating, always, the correspondence
with a real object.

Geometry, however, is not concerned with
the Day
of the Ideas involved in it to Objects
of Experience, but only with the

species...for it seems to make a broad
and clear distinction between varieties and species. First for
the day, and over the night, and to divide
the light from the darkness. And god saw
several memoirs and works: of those
evening and
the exclusive cause, of the genesis, of those

devoted their lives
to this subject. Without
the moving creature that hath life, and fowl
that may
fly above the earth in
practice, for example.


Were I to formulate the aims of
cross between two distinct species
in the day,
ye eat thereof… Then your eyes.
To a most singular
fact—namely that,
as gods knowing good and evil,
position and space—I stand at the
Tree-Was-Good-For-Food. And that it
be far more easily fertilized by the pollen of
another. And
then, disregarding the influence of
the air resistance, I see the stone descend in

yield. Seed, to
a pedestrian who observes the misdeed,

And the eyes’
own pollen notwithstanding

that their own pollen was
curve. I (now

naked) and they sewed fig
leaves together and made
certain individual plants and all the individuals of
a parabola. Moreover, what is meant here by
"the cool"

of the day and
of the previous section? The answer
is self-evident in the first
god, amongst the trees of
vague word
Of which we
must honestly acknowledge: we cannot form the slightest
compound hybrid descended from


All natural phenomena at this juncture, the question
(of the validity, of
the principle, of relativity) became ripe,
fertile. A doctrine, which originated with Pallas,
has been largely accepted. By “modern,”
question “might.” Be in the negative,
nevertheless. There are two general facts which, at the
outset, speak very much.

Intercrossing on this view, the
the Principle of
Relativity, even

my speech… For I have
slain a man to my wounding.

Author’s Note:

π (pi or 3.14159etc.) is a transcendental number. This suggests, among other things, that no finite sequence of algebraic operations on integers (powers, roots, sums, etc.) can be equal to its value. Consequently, its decimal representation never ends or repeats. It divides in endless variation.

The preceding text is composed solely of language borrowed in direct sequential and numerical order from The Book of Genesis, Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species (Chapter 8 - Hybridism) and Albert Einstein’s Special and General Theory of Relativity.

Each poem is comprised of individual lines whose word count corresponds precisely with the relative decimal point of pi. When drawing from each source, the author has taken great care never to exceed 3 consecutive lines from any given text and, even then, only in cases where the process of natural selection demands. While the original language of each line is faithfully preserved, each selection has been re-punctuated for narrative purposes.

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