On Your Desk
Here on the hill...

On Your Desk


My friend Todd (a.k.a. William Todd-Jones; husband to Carol Amos, one of the Faery Godmothers in yesterday's post) is away from home at the moment doing research for a forthcoming theatre project up at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Regarding the photo above, he says:

"I'm sending you pictures from my borrowed desk in the Special Collections Reading Room at the Bodleian -- where, at the moment, I'm looking at a genealogy of the families of Wales, bound in 1673 by William Price, with notes and doodles in the margins by the astronomer, mathematician, and alchemist Dr. John Dee."

Now how totally cool is that?

IMG_0894 Dr. Dee marginalia

Along with the photos, Todd sent one of the poems that he calls "witterings":

     Communing with Dr. Dee

    I open the grey box marked Ashmole 847, to find...
       Leather marked by action; a record in the binding of having been 'taken down.'
       Crescent marks left by adjacent books on tight shelves,
       Rivets leaving evidence... that the act of using, hastens end.

    And now I further edge towards destruction,
       With clumsy fingers on ancient clasps,
       Moist breath on dusty velum... (but it does smell good)  
       Opening pages to light, air, touch...

    Almost too frightened to continue...

    But, inside the cover, reassurance...
       I am not the first worm to visit.
       There, through the pages, the trace of another,
       Who had burrowed for sustenance... who had satisfied hunger with knowledge.

     I'll proceed...

P1030919Todd's burrowing friend

You can find more of Todd's "witterings" on his household website, From the Doghouse, and view clips of his amazing performance and production work on the William Todd-Jones website.

More desks to come....


All readers of this blog are welcome to contribute to the "On Your Desk" series. You'll find more information (and the address where you should send your photo) in the first post of the series, and you can view the full series here.