We queue at the airport,
pretending to watch
a lunar eclipse.
We fear sharp objects.
Passengers hold boarding passes up,
flags in a moving crusade.
All windows are half-open,
but nobody looks out.
Heat seals glossy layers
of mist over my homeland.
We have outgrown the raincoat
tripping over someone’s thoughts
in the two-minute stop between stations.
At odd times, the planes take off.
Letters drop from above
on neighbouring gardens,
seeds growing tall in silent parks.
We remove luggage tags, barely notice
the music of a mid-air explosion.
Blades of grass stand ready to shoot.
© Maria Stadnicka 2020
‘Shooting Position’ is published in Somnia, out now at Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, UK.
‘Shooting Position’ was initially published in Meniscus, The Journal of Australasian Association of Writing Programmes, Canberra, Australia.
‘Somnia’ was launched last night at the Museum in the Park, the Pavilion Garden Room. Beautiful photography from Nikoletta Monyok and it has been a joy to share the evening with the gifted writers Caroline Shaw, David Clarke, Adam Horovitz and Philip Rush. Thank you Uta Baldauf for a memorable performance, and to Caroline Rush, Philip Rush and Fred Chance for making the launch possible. Thank you for the generosity of our host, The Museum in the Park, to painter Mark Mawer for his artwork, Alec Newman and The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. It felt so special because there were so many people who attended, despite the bleak and windy weather on a Thursday evening. ‘Somnia’ THANKS YOU!📖
Photography: © Nikoletta Monyok 2019
Cover art: © Mark Mawer 2019
Publisher: Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, UK
Editor: Alec Newman
Further details, on the ‘reviews’ and ‘books’ pages.
‘Somnia’ is available here and here.