Splash of swim lessons, tumble of voices, semblance of community: the aquatic centre after school. When the shrieks grow too raucous Audrey submerges in the swirl of spa water, deep in the gurgle and churn drowning out the human din while lifeguards behind sunglasses watch for signs of distress. Unlike in that popular canyon where people looking for life happened to find death sucked under in a cacophony a whirlpool that brooked no intervention.
James Gering is a diarist, poet, and short story writer from Australia. He has received various international awards and prizes for his stories and poems. James is the Australian Society of Authors Emerging Poet of the Year, 2018. His collection of poetry, Staying Whole While Falling Apart, was published by Interactive Press in 2021. Other publication credits include Meanjin, Cordite, and Rattle. James lives in the Blue Mountains, where he climbs the sandstone cliffs and rappels the river canyons in search of Rilke’s solitude, Chekhov’s humility, and escape in general. He welcomes visitors at jamesgering.com