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“Here again, not well, likely a turnspit, jiggered… whose trajectory scours my sleep? What worriment forths mildewed landsend?”
A Captain, out on the high seas, on commission from his King, heading to the Colonies, reliant on rigging and caulk and the charade of polite society to keep afloat … Is there a prick of conscience? An element of doubt? When duty calls, how much is lost?
Text originally published in Transnational Literature 8.1 (2015).
Ian Gibbins is a widely published poet, video artist and electronic musician with four collections of poetry, all in collaboration with artists. His video and audio work has featured in gallery exhibitions, public art commissions, performances and international festivals. He previously was a neuroscientist and professor of anatomy. For a full list of video works see: https://www.iangibbins.com.au/bio/video-works-published-performed-or-exhibited/