IAN C SMITH lives in Australia with his wife and four sons. His short fiction has appeared in Australian Book Review, Island, Meanjin, Overland
, and his non-fiction in The Age
. His narrative verse has been published in The Weekend Australian, Best Australian Poetry 2004, Malahat Review, Quadrant
. His books of verse are published by The Ginninderra Press
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Between the last two bleak stations,
beyond which they struggle to live,
steel sparks on steel, a long stretch.
School is a lunatic asylum.
Trains are seven carriages long.
He curses his father who won't forgive.
Shirt a sail, he grips rails, finds footholds.
Revived survivors swallow saliva.
His mother knows nothing about trains.
The knack then was hanging on.
© Ian C Smith 2008