Impossible in Spaceports

Artwork by Grace Blake
Artwork by Grace Blake


suspend time-zones & air-condition
the environment
them melbourne-mumbai clocks on white-washed walls
in integer hour intervals
begin to non-exist
& nationhood in limbo
isolate & categorize, adopt disbelief
take care brother
only neon in transit spliced
jangling lights
think celebrate
it remains


the emerald lights arrive
them crimson bulbs instead mean empty
doubt becomes the nature of instinct
I say open the mind
because in the region between the impartial & the other
obtains the discussed object
open the possibility
one must remain
even the empiricist treats his own beliefs
as in a constant state of flux


outside the geography unchanged
but discontinuous
pungent the air
& the possible destinations burn the delicate
mucus membranes
the outsider suffers
the-looking-in complex
only in boarding does the wave function collapse
& people realize where is your next stop madam
zero identity
who cares the dead-eye deadbeat travellers
the real skeptic knows
this conditional empiricism
leads to impossible belief
all different the same


About Anupama Pilbrow 3 Articles
ANUPAMA PILBROW is the editor of The Suburban Review. She studied mathematics at The University of Melbourne. In 2015, she received the Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship for her manuscript the ravage space. Her poems, reviews, and essays have been published in journals and anthologies including Cordite Poetry Review, Rabbit Poetry Journal, JEASA, Southerly, and The Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry. Read her chapbook Body Poems, out with Vagabond Press 2018. Her work often deals with diaspora, dialogue, exchange, and gross stuff.