The Bodleian: Do vobis potestatem legendi
No sacred space this:
Theologies of the unspeakable are the subject of catalogues.
Reverence gives way to reference, here
factories of readers assemble intricacies,
spirals of exposition, circuits of illumination,
gardeners sweat composting arguments
lay slabs of authors,
the architects of bibliography
balance cantilevers of dispute,
and in the dim carrels of dark wood
wide lands are scouted by hunters shading their eyes,
stalking prey across the savannahs of paragraphs.