Tickets to the Fall of Icarus charts the flight of two flamboyant characters, Icarus and Audrey, as they navigate their way through the maelstrom of modern life amidst natural disasters, pandemics, online dating and even a little self-sabotage.
In artfully executed narrative poetry, Gering deploys his inimitable style and humour to bring characters into dynamic life on the page. Few readers won’t see glimmers or shards of themselves in Audrey and Icarus.
These vignettes are surprising, bittersweet and strangely insightful as they coalesce in a collection that is a challenging but joyful exploration of what it means to be alive and incisively engaged in the 21st century.
By the author of Staying Whole While Falling Apart.
Icarus Channels Cassanova’s Kitchen
Lulu, lover of cuttlefish, on a sill
in black and white. Charlotte spicily racked
between thyme and paprika.
Persia poised on a shelf with mortar
and pestle. Magnetic Madeline
to-and-froing on the freezer door.
Charlotte, meet Lulu!
Please, Maddy, put down the cleaver.
Sweet, sour, salty, spicy, umami –
you who rendered me sublimely
giddily – my tongue is dry. Where
have all the flavours gone?
The mini porcelain apartment blocks
I loved in Prague now grace the table
where I eat alone.
Behind their tiny ceramic windows
I sense contented couples sharing
And my gathered exes appear
to be whispering – saucy blandishments
to stir me crazy.
Enough of this! Time to whisk eggs
and hatch hopes for a new partner
to season my days.
But trepidation grips tight
for I talk in my dreams.
My last darling had been drowsing
content in my arms until I cried out
for Lulu, so ending it –
another lover aghast and gone.