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Watching Science Fiction

Stood at a grave the whole story up till now unravelled—

our son not our son our son instead something necessitating

the word instead. A father’s grief retrieved him from a different

world that grief a ferryman poling between worlds. What coin

pays the fare besides the one with the non-president’s head

the history that also comes instead?

                                                                 The son not even aware

of his loneliness the loneliness a landfill filled in with the

hand-me-down memories that come from before come from

the first one. Instead he recalls each time remembering

nothing of childhood nothing except his father gone worldless

gone mad with guilt traversed vibration’s rattling grief.

Kate Middleton is an Australian poet. She is the author of Fire Season (Giramondo, 2009), awarded the Western Australian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 2009 and Ephemeral Waters (Giramondo, 2013), shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s award in 2014. From September 2011-September 2012 she was the inaugural Sydney City Poet.