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.
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
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