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TO MARIE CURIE

This installation of seven books presents the poem "To Marie Curie" by Casey Patrick. Each paperback science and math book displays a different piece of the poem, which describes Marie Curie's intellectual and emotional obsession with radium, the substance that ultimately poisoned her to death.

How terribly like love

this unknown

slowly eating at your bones while you tried to map its properties, the inexplicable way it delights your body.

this unknown

slowly eating at your bones while you tried to map its properties, the inexplicable way it delights your body.

decaying you fast as it decayed

backlighting your dreams from the glowing jar you kept beside your bed.

And what dreams they must have been--delirious numbers finally balancing out through the night; meanwhile your whole body a diagram of cleaving.

And what dreams they must have been--delirious numbers finally balancing out through the night; meanwhile your whole body a diagram of cleaving.

In the Panthéon, your twin grave is lit through the night, an effort to give, even now, familiar sleep.