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Poem: Sunset Ferry

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In this week’s Poet’s Corner, Jeremy Gadd casts his eye over Sydney’s iconic harbour.

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Sunset Ferry

Sydney Harbour

I took a sunset Sydney ferry:
it left the Quay punctually
as the Bridge and surrounding
city high-rise, including Harry
Seidler’s ugly Blues Point tower,
turned to dark silhouettes,
starkly outlined against a sky
suffused with residual orange hues.

Black water lapped against the hull
and the throb of engines resonated
inside tired passengers’ skulls and,
as the ferry tilted a degree as it
turned toward the open sea,
enigmatic clouds appeared to
follow, as if in empathy. And,
as day continued further west,
the ferry carried me into the
Prussian blue of approaching
night – and rest…

Jeremy Gadd was born and raised in Armidale and lives in Sydney. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art and holder of an MA Honours and PhD from the University of New England, he worked in professional theatre in Australia and the United Kingdom before concentrating on his writing, for which he has received several literary awards. Poems and short stories have appeared in numerous Australian and overseas periodicals and literary magazines, as well as in four collections of poems and two of stories published variously in Australia, the US and UK. Two novels have appeared with boutique publishers, one in Australia in 1998 and the other in Canada in 2015. Further details of Jeremy and his works can be found here and here.

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