Academic journal article Cross / Cultures

In Motionless Air

Academic journal article Cross / Cultures

In Motionless Air

Article excerpt

Heaped leaves rust bright in the carpark.

An attendant crow, by my approach dis

turbed in his possession of wet grit,

takes flight with unflappable mastery.

A baby in springing park grass, spreadeagled

on a rug, paddles the air with its plump limbs,

burns its first energies for the walk of life.

One hand closes round its father's indulging finger.

In these leaden days, scrawled cloud is pasted

To a low chilled sky. In a south of memory,

The blue vault of summer is endless as I lie

In motionless air, scanning white hurtling clouds.

Always some turbine hums behind it all, this outflow.

The father's finger lifts his grasping son off the ground.

An unseen torrent of mile-high breath drives the clouds.

A flurried hollow in the leaf-pile tells me the crow is gone.

[Author Affiliation]

The Editors

Gordon Collier (New Zealand /Germany) taught postcolonial literature, film, and cultural studies at the universities of Mannheim (1970-76) and Giessen (1977-2008). His research interests include postcolonial film, Caribbean literature, narratology, and iconography. He has published books on translation and on Patrick White (The Rocks and Sticks of Words, 1992) and is the editor of US/THEM: Translation, Transcription and Identity in PostColonial Literary Cultures (1992) and Spheres Public and Private: Western Genres in African Literature (2011). …

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