Zeno Sideon single work   poetry   "Wiping up time, the spilt milk of the moon,"
Alternative title: Zeno Side-on
Is part of Time Ships Jan Owen 2002 sequence poetry
  • Author: Jan Owen http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/owen-jan
Issue Details: First known date: 1997 1997
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The work of art may represent a towel. Zeno is a pre-Socratic philosopher remembered for philosophical paradoxes of impossibility, such as Achilles and the Tortoise (see modern fractal illustration). The poem suggests several meanings the towel may be intended to convey, and ends in apparent exasperation summed up in the first line in Timedancing and Poems 1980-2008 which paraphrases Gertrude Stein's famous, 'Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.' The symbolic meaning of the art, if any, eludes the poet.


  • Epigraph : after Janeen Eaton's 'Continuous Reflection'

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Westerly vol. 42 no. 4 Summer 1997 Z589491 1997 periodical issue 1997 pg. 57
First line of verse: "A towel is a towel is a towel:"
Alternate title appears in Timedancing and Poems 1980-2008
  • Appears in:
    y Timedancing Jan Owen , Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2002 Z1002721 2002 selected work poetry Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2002 pg. 54
  • Appears in:
    y Poems : 1980-2008 Jan Owen , Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 Z1526900 2008 selected work poetry Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 pg. 197
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