Desire Never Opens (7 July 2010)

Friday October 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

as he bemoans desire never opens
it seems
always about to articulate,

uncertainty hangs
writing takes as its paradigmatic
agency      as a mode
or actors are invested with

Love’s argument
– invites us to
rethink

across the question of whether or
how
and the wasteful

 

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Circumnavigation

Friday June 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

The boy totters, fumbles and sings his way around the shuttered yard. One side is bathed in sharply angled sunlight, the other densely shadowed under the sloping porch roof. So sheltered, that the plastic garden furniture – jade, and room only for a table and two narrow chairs – is cold against his skin, sitting here in his shirtsleeves. Cilla brings out their drinks on a tray, dragging closed the curtained patio door behind her.
     – It would be better really if there were grass for him to run about on, she says. She sits diffidently, knees together, hands flat against her thighs as she does through all of their encounters.
     – Yes, he says. Leaving unsaid that their marital home had a thick lawn, and all the room to run into he could wish for. He stoops to pick up a rubber ball that has run against his foot, handing it back to the child.
     – And how have you been? he says.
     
On the drive back into the city he takes the old airport road. Under the terms of the ceasefire, and the subsequent settlement, the airport was closed indefinitely. The only flights in or out of this capital city were the pale United Nations transports which landed at a smaller strip, beyond the city limits. But he liked to drive past its vacant spaces, its redundant presence. 
     Today the airport was washed out in the thick spring sunshine, its squat terminals, and abandoned hangars blanched and from this distance, bleeding into the watery sky. What disturbed the landscape was its vast quietness. At his closest, he feels he could wind down window and trail his fingers along the chain-link fencing that hooks around its perimeter, beyond it the empty runways, baking in the sun today.
     He slows the car down to a crawl. In the rough, before the fence, the tall grass furrows on the wind that is sweeping over the opened spaces, and there is the smell of bright tarmac.
    
Later, the city grows around him suddenly, narrowing and tightening as he approaches the centre. Joining lane and after lane of dense traffic he thinks of Cilla making this journey, driving their son into the town. When he left this morning the boy was inside, drawing with his crayons in front of the TV.  Theirs is the basement flat, below street level, and the room was dark, the flat light from the silent set flickering along the walls.
     He leaves through the back gate that opens out onto the street from the yard – a narrow back-road between the houses, lined by gutters on either side. Above them while they talk, a tangle of satellite dishes and aerials, like stick insects clinging to the side of the tall buildings, and an insistent buzzing sound, like static, that isn’t entirely like the sound of the heat cooling in the brick work.
     He thinks of her leading the boy out of the same gate, across the narrow lane, to the small car he pays half the insurance on, parked nearby. By a stop sign, in the doorway of a disused shop, two soldiers stand blankly to attention, momentarily shadowed as a cloud passes over and the street sinks into darkness and back again.

At the Head of the River Pub, Oxford, 22 May, 2010

Wednesday May 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

deft     .      and manipulative

a rowboat (a punt?)
                                                     a make-weight

revellers calculate greed, an index
                                                                  of satisfaction

                   currents circle the prow,
                                                                  anvil-blue

stamped against the sun
                                                 the quest to find something

representative, something indicative is all I’m after

after all,   hops and grass

                                      the shallow pull of repetition

                                      slow
                       and mundane

                                        in the sparkling heat

                       shanked in the long grass
                                                     so that

 

you imagine that dust settles even on the water

 

Leaving Atlanta, 10 March, 2010

Thursday March 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Leaving Atlanta,
10 March, 2010

Exercised, as the red-eye
skips
the dun runway
                    it’s offices of uncertainty,
             like the maths holding us airborne
fleeting equations jambed
                & skimmed over

Wordsworth used to compose by pacing, what would he have
made of this? Probably something
about a bended childhood

                   (remember we watched the children slalom in the fountains of the Olympic park,
                                   & walked the park as though we were disguising limits
                                                                                                                                              fielding our
                                                                     alternatives with all the insouciance of the
                                                                                                                             discarded tourists we were)

Accumulation and dispersion the twin energies, each
              fighting to keep the other honest

                                : shorthand for conceding that space, as a concept
                                                                                                                   held the ring

                                                                     and that we fluctuate, in time with our own incitements

                                                                                       and that we, as much as anyone, are compelled to obey the

                                                  magnitude of our own resources

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