Academic journal article Antipodes

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Academic journal article Antipodes

Over the Top

Article excerpt

Almost as though the sky

Were sentient and desperate to persuade

The town's preoccupied inhabitants

To pause and lift an eye,

Flaunting preposterous extravagance

It lavishes effects which multiply

Across the evening. Here, a broad thin blade

Of incandescent white,

In rippled segments like a fillet of fish,

Is laid out tapering towards the west.

At slightly greater height

The naked cobalt of near dark is dressed

In puffs of girl-pink fairy floss, as bright

As a child's face het up and feverish.

Midheaven at a halt,

A massive yellow nebula, cross-streaked

With paler bands of white and cream all over,

Illuminates the vault

Like Hubble's vision of a supernova,

Frozen in time's amazement to exalt

The vast calamity that it has wreaked. …

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