'Roman bridges', a new poem by Simon West

Roman Bridges

The springing point was where they took off from,
where the impost, set on good footings,
joined the arch and assured its leap and span
of water’s being there yet flowing on.

And though the weight of flight thrust back
so that each ounce of stone knew pull,
still to the eye the curve sprang free
and satisfied. And does yet. As if

there were grace in holding gravity at bay
and a certain poise in being in between.
My ideal landscape has room for bridges and hills,
spires, birds and echoes: halfway things.

Simon West

Simon West

Simon West is a poet, translator, and Italianist. His first collection of poetry First Names was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Prize in 2007, won the William Baylebridge Memorial Prize, and was commended in the 2007 FAW Anne Elder Award. The Selected Poetry of Guido Cavalcanti: A Critical English Edition, was published by Troubador Publishing, UK in 2009. Simon completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne where it was awarded the Chancellor’s Prize in 2004.

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