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Photographing Aspirations

Fume-glossed, unbearably shrill,
this car is dilated with a glaze
that will vanish before standstill—

and here's the youth swimming in space
above his whiplash motorcycle:
quadriplegia shows him its propped face—

after, he begged video scenes
not display his soaking jeans,
urine that leathers would have hidden

and the drag cars have engines on their engines.

Credit


Copyright © 2007 by Les Murray. Reprinted from The Biplane Houses with permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. For more on FSG's poets, visit www.fsgpoetry.com

Author


Les Murray

Leslie Allan Murray was born October 17, 1938, in Bunyah, New South Wales. He is the author of Waiting for the Past: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016). 

Date Published: 2007-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/photographing-aspirations