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Space junk poetry: Kinsella's Skylab and the Theory of Forms

22 Jun 2011, 02:01 UTC
Space junk poetry:  Kinsella's Skylab and the Theory of Forms
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Today, I am making final revisions to my Skylab paper for a special issue of the Journal of Australian Studies, edited by Ursula Frederick and Kylie Message, on the theme of media and materiality. This poem is the star guest. I'd quite like to write an exegesis of it, as there are so many finely nuanced metaphors in it, but that will have to wait for another day .....Skylab and The Theory of FormsJohn KinsellaFor Jeremy PrynneWe didn’t make it but we ended up getting it,or parts of it at least. I’ve seen chunksand my wife’s father brought some homefor them as kids. In the traditionof those splinters of the True Crossheld in reliquaries around the world,if you added all the chunkstogether there’d have been an entirecity in space. There’s a novel simmering in its iconic resonance, the charred blackremains the talisman that startsor in the very least attracts a cult.Like the Aum Supreme Truth Cult,that had a place out there, somewherewhere the land is less fertile and not soclosely scrutinised. Members maynot have known about Skylabbut the prospect of the worldcrashing down on their neighbourswould have spurred them on.But Skylab’s not like them,nor like the couple from the Subcontinentwho ...

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