The Ink Pods. Literary Podcast for The Blue Nib.

Oz Hardwick reading his own, 'A Brief History of Mermaids'

June 19, 2020 Various
The Ink Pods. Literary Podcast for The Blue Nib.
Oz Hardwick reading his own, 'A Brief History of Mermaids'
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The Ink Pods. Literary Podcast for The Blue Nib.
Oz Hardwick reading his own, 'A Brief History of Mermaids'
Jun 19, 2020
Various

Oz Hardwick is a European prose poet, photographer and academic. His chapbook Learning to Have Lost (Canberra: IPSI, 2018) won the 2019 Rubery International Book Award for poetry, and was followed by The Lithium Codex (Clevedon: Hedgehog, 2019), from which this poem is taken. Oz teaches Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University.


A Brief History of Mermaids


History, you tell me, is written by the swimmers; by the fin-fisted negotiators of time and truth – axes which float like Pooh-sticks beached beneath a crumbling bridge. Last night I dived into our divided past, into your underwater Titanic wedding – not the Grand Ballroom, with its plucky orchestra still playing, but the limpet-strewn steerage half-light, with all its desperate bustle and rehearsed apology. You had framed your own mirror, sewn your own scales, combed your hair until it wrapped around the deep reflected moon. One of your silverslim pages was your own son, though in the bluegreen ripple I wasn’t sure which one. It was nothing like the day we lay tangled, becalmed beneath dead branches in a drifting skiff, wet limbs twisting and brittle as coral; but I woke up knowing it was still a matter of tides and their negotiations, the balance between trust and breathing, and the incessant pull of the deep.

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Show Notes

Oz Hardwick is a European prose poet, photographer and academic. His chapbook Learning to Have Lost (Canberra: IPSI, 2018) won the 2019 Rubery International Book Award for poetry, and was followed by The Lithium Codex (Clevedon: Hedgehog, 2019), from which this poem is taken. Oz teaches Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University.


A Brief History of Mermaids


History, you tell me, is written by the swimmers; by the fin-fisted negotiators of time and truth – axes which float like Pooh-sticks beached beneath a crumbling bridge. Last night I dived into our divided past, into your underwater Titanic wedding – not the Grand Ballroom, with its plucky orchestra still playing, but the limpet-strewn steerage half-light, with all its desperate bustle and rehearsed apology. You had framed your own mirror, sewn your own scales, combed your hair until it wrapped around the deep reflected moon. One of your silverslim pages was your own son, though in the bluegreen ripple I wasn’t sure which one. It was nothing like the day we lay tangled, becalmed beneath dead branches in a drifting skiff, wet limbs twisting and brittle as coral; but I woke up knowing it was still a matter of tides and their negotiations, the balance between trust and breathing, and the incessant pull of the deep.

Support the show (https://thebluenib.com/donation/)