'Pliny the Younger to Tacitus' by Zenobia Frost | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

Reviewed by
States of Poetry Queensland - Series Two

'Pliny the Younger to Tacitus' by Zenobia Frost | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

Reviewed by
States of Poetry Queensland - Series Two

On Pompeii, 79AD

The violence of that night. I sat
notating Livy, through
the earth’s contractions.

A thin dawn-choked sky
shook chariots. The crowd rolled back
onto itself. Neptune threw up animals.
Every thing convulsed. On the shore
across, a great black cloud broke

with light. Shrieks rang out: endless
night, with gods up and gone
like wayward husbands. Then:

the silent dark. We stood
to shake off ash.
The air was seasick
winter, dense with panic.
I thought I would perish
with the world itself.

Zenobia Frost

From the New Issue

Leave a comment

If you are an ABR subscriber, you will need to sign in to post a comment.

If you have forgotten your sign in details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to ABR Comments. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.