The upper bound

10-21, 1 zeptometer
61 megaparsecs, diameter of the local
About 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo
A Chill Book, A Chill Philosophy
A Chinese way of saying “myriad things”
A dense soup of electron & quark plasma that provides
And does not strive. It flows in places
And the largest voids and filaments
Are the sum of entities generated
By the joining of yin and yang.
Cartoon Guide to the Fascinating Realm
Cats, toasters, people, the sun
Chapter 16 — weed’s home page
Covering all aspects of Taoist history
Diameter (in metres) of the Virgo Supercluster
Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind rest at peace.

Galaxy clusters arrange themselves
I have been reading the Tao Te Ching
In dwelling, be …
In the past years, several attempts have been made
In the philosophical schools.
In these writings Lao Tzu sets out
Is fundamental

Its name is the Virgo Supercluster
John Cage: The ten thousand
Language versions, the line which
Lao Tzu and I have noticed
Means “All created things”. Chapter 1
Measuring the observable universe
Merely a biological drawback
Myriad creatures definition
Named objects and things of the universe

Non-dual consciousness
On a larger scale is something
Once thought to be the largest
Our galaxy, our local
Our local group of galaxies is being pulled
Quarks combine to form particles called hadrons, the most stable of which
Returning to the beginning of things, or to one’s own childhood
Rise and fall while the Self watches
Subcomponents of quarks and leptons

Superclusters are typically seen
That tiny dot that you can hardly make out
The Big Bang, Second Edition
The Big Bang, Third Edition
The Canon of Reason and Virtue
There really isn’t much of a creation myth
The Tao Te Ching (incomplete)
The ten thousand creatures and all plants and trees
The ten thousand things summary
The translator accepted the following version:

The Universe by Numbers
The upper bound
The Virgo Supercluster or the Local Supercluster
This is when the theory starts to go wrong.
This page relates
To connote the material diversity of the universe
To represent accurately in our minds
Two Up-Quarks and one Down-Quark. Right?

Universe Today
Upper limit (in metres) on the size of the quark
Very difficult to represent
Water drop, Cell, DNA
What exactly are superclusters and filaments and voids
When the self retreats
With regions of such size collapsing under their own gravity
You are More Important Than a Quark

Made from text taken from Google searches on “quark supercluster” and “ten thousand things taoism”

Observed constraints

This house I am temporarily inhabiting has so many walls.
We fought for our freedom to build.
Difference between a wall and a fence: you can see through a fence.
Which is crueler?

This is nonsense; this is a lie; this is a paradox; this is a theorem.
Once I got free I wanted back inside.
In the prison things were calmer after the razor wire was installed.
You have to know the gate and how to get a key.

I will not call them laws; I will call them observed constraints.
I could climb it without much difficulty.
Freedom is the fluid swirl of a complex system obeying its mathematical laws.
Dignified persons do not climb it.

In my old country some people are remembering how to build the old walls.
Everything we build is subject to entropy.

First published in Creatrix 50, Septembeer 2020


This dropped
as a bird fluttered free
from a claw. This:
black waves, soft sines
gathered and stitched
along a wand. This

is not an artefact. Between
its closed hooked ranks
its flaw, a slit, diffracts
the light. I long
to give the smooth folds
of this to my fingers, take
its intricate truth, but if

I caress, my adamant
digits will unrender this,
unpick, unzip, split, crush,
scramble its whispered Is.

On the turned face
of my fist, with the breathy tip
of this, I tickle the trace
of a wish.

feather: it's a feather poem

From A coat of ashes.
First published in The Authorised Theft Papers, the Australasian Association of Writing Programs’ 2016 conference proceedings.
Proudly included in the Western Australian poetry anthology Recoil 10: Ten Years of Perth Poetry Club, Mulla Mulla Press 2019.