Anthony Etherin

Rotations of the Astrolabe

Log sure, beneath a star atilt,
the astrolabe triangulates.
Go, set an atlas Earth rebuilt,
log sure. Beneath a star atilt,
rates hear us on a tablet gilt:
a stable rule a night rotates….
Log sure! Beneath a star, atilt,
the astrolabe triangulates….

Description: “Rotations of the Astrolabe” presents a triolet whose lines are perfect anagrams of each other, complemented by concrete poetry made from a diagram abstracted from Compositio et operatio astrolabii (a twelfth-century text on the construction and operation of astrolabes).

Anthony Etherin is a UK-based writer of experimental formal poetry. His work has appeared in many online and print magazines, as well as in numerous leaflets. His collection of short anagrammatic and palindromic poems, Cellar, was published in March 2018 (Penteract Press). Find him on twitter, @Anthony_Etherin, and via his website,