By Doug Paul Case

Doug Paul Case is the author of the forthcoming poetry chapbooks Something to Hide My Face In (Seven Kitchens) and College Town (Porkbelly Press). His essays have previously appeared in Hobart and December. Follow him on Twitter: @dougpaulcase

  1. i. In the summer of 2000 John Dobson was well into his eighties when I met him at Stellafane, the world’s longest-running amateur telescope-makers’ convention. He was the closest thing the community had to a celebrity, surrounded constantly by admirers thanking him for his contributions to the field, including his design for a cheap but sturdy mount and his tireless work traveling the globe as an educator. My uncle, a telescope-maker and the reason we…

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