- NOV 1994
- Thomas Hardy Reports on the Raising of 'The
- Just because you raised it, you
- I've well & truly gone down
with the ship
- like Keats, stout Cortez &
all that. We'll see.
- I looked over your salvage &
- The electronics, of course, were
beyond me but
- the principles of architecture,
- marine engineering are three
& the same.
- I'll give you credit where
- V2's, flame throwers, splitting
- a cosmology to see & not to
see black holes
- & spiral galaxies screwing
your Milky Way.
- Predicting doom was always fun.
I thought I'd die
- & I was right. I didn't meet
my Maker but my end.
- I might have taken out poetic
licence on my iceberg
- but what can you prove with a
thin hull that
- can't be fobbed off with a thick
- Poor design? Find the firm &
- the hull-work was contracted out
- all records went up in the
- If you can pin it on a body
- the con man will have worked for
- proved unreliable, been fired
& shortly after
- met with an accident in
- Of course I was the iceberg. The
iceberg was I.
- I thought we sank your floating
- but I was wrong. If I'd managed
to be right
- every time, I would have been an
- My Schopenhauer might have
caught doom & gloom
- from what would have responded
- but be careful what you say
about me -
- I lived longer than the death of
- Graham Rowlands is widely published in
national magazines and newspapers. He is a long-time poetry reviewer for Overland.