Zukofsky on materiality and mechanics

The clock and the corn-mill
(The water-mill, that is,)
The clock, the idea of applying automatic device
(Moved by springs) to production.
The mill the essential organism of a machine:
The mechanical driving power; the transmitting
mechanism; the working machine,
Which deals with the material. Each
With an existence independent of the others.
The mathematicians, so far as they occupied themselves
With practical mechanics and its theoretical side,
Started form the simple corn-grinding water-mill.

(Louis Zukofsky, A acht)

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