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Velimir Khlebnikov

I tell you, the universe is the scratch
of a match on the face of the calculus.
And my thoughts are a picklock at work
on a door, and behind it someone is dying.

— Velimir Khlebnikov, “Suppose I make a timepiece of humanity,” (January 28th, 1922), The King of Time: Selected Writings of the Russian Futurian. (Harvard University Press October 1, 1990)  Originally published October 30th 1985.

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