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Travis Macdonald





And that the

fertility often suddenly decreases in the first

foot of the pole, supplies us with a

complete place specification. On the basis

diminished by an independent cause (namely from

"Pison") that is it which compasseth the whole:

the conception of


there is gold and the gold

of that land is good.

An occasional

specification is referred, supplemented in such a


that the



cannot doubt the correctness of this almost universal belief:


the whole land of Ethiopia and the name of





Author's Note:

π (pi or 3.141593) is a transcendental number, which 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 numerical sequence from The Book of Genesis, Charles Darwin's On 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 to its first one thousand places. 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.