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The author writes, "None of us think enough of these [small, everyday] things on which the eye rests. But don’t let us let the eye rest. Let us exercise the eye until it learns to see startling facts that run across the landscape as plain as a painted fence. Let us be ocular athletes. Let us learn to write essays on a stray cat or a coloured cloud. I have attempted some such thing in what follows." Includes such small masterpieces as "On Lying in Bed," "What I Found in My Pocket," and the justifiably famous "A Piece of Chalk." Newly designed and typeset by Waking Lion Press.

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