Like a land down under? I said to my friend
who lives in Australia, our faces drawn
into two of several oval holes positioned
to frame and multiply inside a black box,
a metaphor expanding animals of current
alternating in reflection, blue-red-green
receding past astonished expressions.
Yeah, Karl said, I feel at home, his phone
out to record our double neon hydra. Later
we’d look at the screen and wonder how he got
the photo without dropping the device inside,
smashing lights and choreographed mirrors,
setting off alarms as shards fly into our eyes.
Fuck, he’d have yelled, fuck, over the noise
and chaos of panicked guards, and I’d have
only a moment to focus one good eye
on the darkness we knew was there.
Helena Feder is the author of Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture (2014/2016) and many articles, essays, interviews, and poems. She is the editor of several journal issues and two books: You Are the River (NCMA 2021) and Close Reading the Anthropocene (Routledge 2021). She is Associate Professor of Literature and Environment at ECU, and currently working on her first book of poems.
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