"Our greatest clock men find that poetry resides in the human process of distilling civilization from riotous nature."

In the third passage from The Reasonable Horologist, Davenport reflects on the poetic process – the precision, clarity and careful construction – required to create order and meaning in the universe.

Ultimately – Man tries to make for himself in the fashion that suits him best, a simplified and intelligible picture of the world; he then tries to some extent to substitute this cosmos of his for the world of experience, and thus to overcome it. This is what the painter, the poet, the speculative philosopher, and the natural scientists do, each in his own fashion. Each makes this cosmos and its construction the pivot of his emotional life, in order to find in this way peace and security which he cannot find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience.Albert Einstein, "Ideas and Opinions", 1954.




Poetry in motion: Clayton Boyer designs kinetic clock sculptures. His “Galileo’s Bicycle” details the pallets "walking" along the escape mechanism.