Inflecting

Justin Wolfers

 

You walk through this tunnel

which is in fact a telescope

 

Look out

and realise you are seeing sunlight

simply coming into the studio. Elongate

the vowels, inflecting Yorkshire

 

Now we are swimming

in Doncaster Dome

 

Coming on as ever is Kafka’s phrase:

“always first draw fresh breath

after outbursts of vanity and complacency”

 

Left nostril blocked, inhaling

only partially, wondering

if all this fiddling with old fragments

will lead to a moment of

Martin in the middle of the poem

– or if that is too much to ask

 

Trying to be less self-conscious, he steps forth

into the eco-poetics of writing under the flight path

 

You can hear birds here,

and the studio door

must be kept to

to keep the cat out

 

Justin Wolfers is a Sydney-based writer, researcher and editor. He has written for The Lifted Brow, Seizure, Kill Your Darlings, and The Australian among others. He is a doctoral candidate in contemporary fiction at the University of Western Sydney, and was a friend and Undergraduate and Honours student of Martin’s in Writing at the University of Technology Sydney in 2011-2012.

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