FRAGMENT: DAVINCI NOTEBOOKS
i. Of what is water
The invisible arrangement of the equator,
accidental risings and the repairing
What was once cut now reveals
valleys, sandy strata; we can follow along
visit the inns gathered along the mountain talls
of the river Mera. What matters, worn away
ii. Of the cause of breathing, of the motion of the heart
The discovery of honey. The library at Pesaro.
In the paragraph given to birds attend to the 3 principal
Not the white canopy over the lovers, the light
reflecting off it. Aperture. Angle.
by the motion of their shadows?
And: at the funeral, 60 tapers to be carried by 60 men,
iii. Of the palm of the hand
First describe the eye.
What first interested me about the Davinci Notebooks was their scope—and the passion that one must have to plan such an extensive scientific study of...well, everything. Of course, a project that tries to encompass so much is, inevitably, fragmentary. The nature of DaVinci's entries seem to underscore how seemingly unrelated elements are actually essentially linked.