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Death of the Polar Explorers

Doubt/Never stunned the marrow in their bones/Who rose above the merely physical,/And if they faltered, it was only once—”

They made their grim, sad faces and went out,

Out into cold flurries of the snow, and ice,

And saw the glaciers perfecting time

In all their strange, enormous beauty. Doubt

Never stunned the marrow in their bones

Who rose above the merely physical,

And if they faltered, it was only once—

On finding death incomprehensible.


Gabriel Gbadamosi is an Irish-Nigerian poet, playwright, and critic. His London novel Vauxhall, which was released with Telegram Books, won the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize and Best International Novel at the Sharjah Book Fair. He presented the BBC Radio 3 flagship arts and ideas program Night Waves and is the founding editor of WritersMosaic.

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