My life with the wave

On the outdoor pool as charged queer space

Featured in

  • Published 20181029
  • ISBN: 9781925603330
  • Extent: 264pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

I WANT TO tell you about a difficult place that I visit regularly since moving to my suburb in the inner fringes of a large Australian city. The place is a gym, and I like it in the winter because there is a steam room there, a good place to zone out and think about the day. In the summer, the place is best known for its appended outdoor pool, and this pool is the source of both its interest and its difficulty.

The gym sits above the pool in a pale alien sphere and, occasionally, at the pool, you see a sunglassed person peer up and say searchingly: ‘Oh! There’s a gym up there.’

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Share article

About the author

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott is the author of Salad Days (Penguin, 2014) and founder of The Lifted Brow. He is lecturer in creative writing at RMIT...

More from this edition

Three poems about my son, who has autism

PoetryMeltdown in a shopping mall   The security guards who circle my son look at me for guidance. Their authority has crumbled.   I’m in total control of these four young men, three...

Fantasias for flute

FictionMEG’S BROTHERS WERE lucky. They joined the army when they turned eighteen: first Liam, then Stuart. When reveille sounded, they sat up in their...

Stay up to date with the latest, news, articles and special offers from Griffith Review.