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diagrammatic symbol of a motor outlet from a 1924 instruction manual

At the head of the cellar stairs
there is indicated an electric switch,
and a dotted line points down the stairs˰

In the cellar plan a 50-watt lamp is shown˰
this instrument is used˰
for transferring distances˰

An imaginary cut is
made through materials˰
outside of the border lines˰

Run the line straight through
regardless˰
erasures can be made

diagrammatic symbol of a power outlet from a 1924 instruction manual


Collaged text and image fragments from Architectural Details, by Louis Rouillon and Charles G. Ramsey (1924). Caret footnote marks˰ indicate the seams between glued-together quotations.



Grievous Angel, Andromeda Spaceways, Bracken, Liminality, Asimov’s, and others have recently published M.C.’s poetry.  His most recent books on urbanism are The Zeon Files (with Ellen Babcock), Urban Composition, and SquaresHe is currently contemplating his next big endeavor. You can email him here.

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