Metaphors of Space
Metaphors of Space: Sydney Writers’ Festival 2009
An architectural display and poetry reading, blending the narratives of sustainable, urban and indigenous interpretations of home and public space. Convened by Dr Chris L Smith from Sydney University, directed by Michelle & David, it featured the work of several young emerging architects: Innovarchi, Sylvester Fuller, Welsh+Major
Cameo readings by David Musgrave, Elizabeth Hodgson, Peter Boyle, Pam Brown and Andy Quan. This spatial reading event was presented by Mascara Literary Review, City of Sydney, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and MCHP Architects
The Panels and Poems
the airport curfew ends at 06:00
05:30. attic skylights, braced
against dark and rain, admit soundwaves.
commuters are driving to the cbd,
their highway drone like planes idling.
the blanketing hum turns to roar;
my stomach clenches.
double insulation lines the roof, but,
at 06:00 hours, planes abrade the 8/8 cloud cover
low hovering lights penetrate fog.
once, at a no airport noise rally
i marched with stentorian garbage trucks,
now they’re mustering bins
at the curb, as my alarm whoops it up
with some bird’s deet deet deet
and a van rumbling in the lane.
the western distributor drums
its all-weather thunder
and again i try to sleep
By Julie Chevalier
Poem By Margaret Bradstock