You are reading Fiddleblack #2
Loam roads pink with clay
seen bird’s-eye-view through
spores of dark green treetops
beside logged and cleared plains.
An apparent stadium, a pool
blue with Olympic proportions,
metonymic for international
observers, world participation.
Or cooling tanks adjacent river
fissures necessary for reducing
the temperatures of fission/fusion,
at a remove from the cities.
Munitions factory, power plant,
standard military complex,
unanticipated military building,
spectacle as speculative site.
Your satellite entry within
the borders of the country
in question. This far-reaching
sequence of connected events.
Lytton Smith’s second book of poems, While You Were Approaching the Spectacle and Before You Were Transformed by It, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books (2013), who also published his first book, The All-Purpose Magical Tent. He teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth.