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David Adès


I burst through my own momentum into
rapids   sight obscured by spray   darkening
sky angled into vertigo   water closing in
heavy fingered   pressure threatening to sink
me   waterlogged   to the deep   on one
indifferent hammer strike of stone.

My heart races all night beyond sleep   adrenalin
yields to fatigue   I catch myself breathing
still   it takes a long time to drown.


David Adès is an Australian poet now living in Pittsburgh. He has been a member of Friendly Street Poets since 1979. His poetry collection Mapping the World was commended for the Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award 2008.  His poems have appeared widely in many Australian and (more recently) American publications and have appeared recently or are forthcoming in 5 AM, Blue Pepper, Boston Literary Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Four and Twenty, Illya’s Honey, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Poetica, Red River Review, San Pedro River Review, Spiritus and The Fourth River.