The Aliquot Brothers
Boys in men's shirts, the Aliquot Brothers
have come to town. They are
backing us into corners, mopping up
the fragments we leave behind.
They are the perfect combination.
The redhead paints his toes. The honey blond
streaks highlights through his hair.
They go café to café, dividing
to rule, smearing tablecloths
with froth and melted cheese. (The rest of us
confined to quarters, mumbling
over cold porridge and twice-strained tea.)
No use complaining: they'll leave
when they're good and ready,
with no remainder, nothing
but the hiss of their departure,
the closing door that splits
this world from its neighbour.
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This is a tent.
This is another tent, next to the first tent.
This is a bag full of urine.
This is the vast inconceivable.
This is a rock.
This is another rock.
These are the deposits of a long-vanished glacier.
The frigid wind, whistling over the frigid ice, passing over long
generations of mummified seals making their stealthy way from the sea,
has formed these rocks into the unearthly shapes we call "ventifacts",
photographs of which form the bulk of my presentation today.
This is me.
This is Guido.
This is Guido, Nails and Barry.
Guido, Nails and Barry
are men with whom I will always share a special
This is Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
He wrote his famous poem "Ulysses" while visiting Antarctica
on the first "Artists in Antarctica" programme
with Bill Manhire, Chris Orsman and Nigel Brown.
(This is Bill Manhire, Chris Orsman and Nigel Brown.)
Alfred, Lord Tennyson inscribed his famous poem "Ulysses" on a cross
placed on Observation Hill by the survivors of Scott's Polar Expedition of 1910-1912.
To read it, you need a magnifying glass
and an iron constitution.
This is the Polar Party.
These are the Polar Party’s drinks and nibbles.
The Polar Party went on till 5 a.m.,
then made camp. Scott opened his diary,
wishing, not for the first time,
that he had brought a pen.