Mapping the campus of Loughborough University – in poetry.

Con Den Sation

under perspex a campus
expands contracted flick

a nub of broken twig
and students’ flats get lit

prickling millimetre
fragments twinkle like

dense laughter

………..one hundred metres of fingerbone
………..rests its length in woods on the rim

………..it rules a domain of framed perspectives

tiny breaths & sweat prove
lives by condensing

on perspex sky

deep down in tiny engineering
rooms a molecular professor tall

as DNA pulls a spitfire apart
with tweezers as students

glue stream-water-spectres
to a replicant geology

………………………..as a 3D printer
………………………..too tiny to see

……………………….prints 3D shapes
……………………….too tiny to feel

as mangled airmen
freshly crashed crawl

like red cotton threads
wriggling in wind

as rucks in a postcard
rugger pitch give

away the passages
of un-mapped

moles mean
while in a

compressed Hazel
Grave Building a micro

scopic jug on a work
surface spills milk’s

blank and there (not that
one but this

 …………there):

a waving weather-vane sharp
as ice in an eye glints

like a spark in a
gap between one

mile’s weight & one
half of a sy

napse deep-deep in the
grain planed clean from

wild oak a black
hole grows bang

and cordite stains
perspex sky grey

@ a replica’s centre

a dark wound wi
dens & pulls tiny

buildings like teeth
trickling into a streaming

ghost’s mouth

 

note 1:

Within Loughborough University’s campus

there is an actual Hazlerigg Building; within
a Hazlerigg Building there is the scale model

of Loughborough University’s campus.

 

note 2:

During Word War II, before a campus was built
around a Hazlerigg Building, it was frequented

by airmen, some of whom were wounded.

The actual building is also where
a jealous airman shot &

killed his flame.

 

note 3:

In a Nineteen Forty-Six a
Department of Aeronautical Engineering

at a

Loughborough College acquired a
wartime spitfire for

use as an

instructional airframe.

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