1913 Your father four, Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams analysed into English, a suffragette beams at a camera from a broken window in Holloway after her sisters have tried to blow it up, US Customs asks if you’re an anarchist, polygamist, idiot, the Paris audience riots on the opening night of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Berlin crowds clap on three monarch cousins of England, Prussia, Russia, whose beards wag a third of the world, the bordellos’ tight tango pulses through Buenos Aires in sync with the sly sterling of London Banks while Villa & Zapata ride peasant rage into Mexico City & The Economist opines the spread of capital & beneficent boots of empire make war impossible. 1963 Fourteen & neither here nor there. Books begin to open an escape hatch. Just down the hill from high school Parramatta Road’s telos is fulfilled & LA enters as a drive-in milk bar while Ramsey Road gets a supermarket where you can buy without talking. You prefer I Want to Hold Your Hand to She Loves You. Neither is true. No girls at school, or anywhere else. Dominus vocat, servus advenit, non je n’ai pas la plume de ma tante. No TV, you don’t see dogs & fire-hoses in Alabama, nor King having a dream. 2013 Carbon passes 400, mother dies & reality TV plans to send two keen people to Mars in five years, forever. Early adopters go gaga over Google Glass, eyes leaving their eyes & planet for an algorithm. As Typhoon Haiyan smacks the Filipino poor, the first lab-grown meat is eaten on YouTube. The first child is born from an IVF batch whose genomes his so-called parents screened for what they consider ab- normalities, mice are shown to be connate with a smell encountered by their grandparents & Snowden leaks our total Stasi State. Mother dies, we get a map of first mama universe’s relic light & new data confirm God is a particle.
Sense of a Century