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Four circular rooms
of varying sizes contiguous
to a central rectangular room
There are no windows
or compromises with light
The chalk lines of the builder
after three hundred years 
still mark the limits of the central room
a reciprocation of the codices
of Euclid and the dimensions
abstracted from the quarry
The eye goaded by conceit
is pulled away from every corner
to the arcs beyond
The absence of features
indicates disquiet and
a regard for wholeness
and decided mass
held within the centrifugal
sweep of the cloister

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