From The Author of the Acacia Seeds
and Other Extracts
           
And with them, or after them, may there not come that even bolder adventurer — the first geolinguist, who, ignoring the delicate, transient lyrics of the lichen, will read beneath it the  still less   communicative, still more passive, wholly atemporal, cold, volcanic poetry of the rocks: each one a word spoken, how long ago, by the earth itself, in   the immense solitude, the immenser community, of space.


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Mark