1] Gerhardus Mercator (1512-94), Latinized name of the Flemish geographer, Gerhard Kremer, whose planisphere, published in 1568 (termed "Mercator's Projection"), set the lines of longitude at right angles to the lines of latitude and so improved the art of navigation.
10] circulus equinoctialis: the equator.
11] tropicus capricorni: the Tropic of Capricorn, that latitude about 23.5 degrees south of the equator, the farthest southerly parallel at which the sun appears directly overhead.
12] terra infantilis: the earth, unable to speak.
13] theodolite: surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles.
15] declivity: descending inclination.
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Original text: Phyllis Gotlieb, Red Blood, Black Ink, White Paper: new and
selected poems, 1961-2001 (Toronto: Exile Editions, 2002): 24. PS
8513.O77R33 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1964
Publication date note: Within the Zodiac (1964).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/1/11
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