I question now if the red bi-plane ever was, the way sureties tilt and untangle from any one freezeframe to its sequel. Maybe I was glimpsing that two-seater red pedal car – injection-moulded plastic – collected one Christmas Eve night for a fevered child? Or conflating the replica cherry-red sixty-three we’d toyed with, tinkered with, briefly on a tinsmith’s covered stall that drenched Saturday? What can’t be cast in any doubt is the wreckage, a fragmentary scattering, the mangledness on the far side of glass. And how a Galway blue skyscape proves ineluctably the exponential function of tangents.
by Anne-Marie Fyfe
‘The Red Aeroplane’ is copyright © Anne-Marie Fyfe, 2015. It is reprinted from House of Small Absences (Seren, 2015) by permission of Seren Books.
Anne-Marie Fyfe, poet, creative-writing teacher, arts-organiser of the Troubadour Coffee House poetry events and former Chair of the Poetry Society, (2006-2009), was born in Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim and now lives in West London. She has read and performed her work worldwide.
Seren is an independent publisher based in Wales. Founded in 1981 to publish poetry discovered by the then-editor of Poetry Wales magazine, Cary Archard. Under Managing Editor Mick Felton the press now publishes a broad range of fiction, non-fiction, and criticism. Amy Wack has been Poetry Editor at Seren for over 20 years. During that time, poets published by Seren have won or been shortlisted for the Costa, Forward, T.S. Eliot and Aldeburgh Prizes. You can find out more about Seren on the publisher’s website.
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