'Jaxon strode over to Arnold, his mouth set, and stuck out his hand. Arnold had wanted to hug him but couldn’t manage it, only had the chance to throw in a pat on his upper arm and ask stupidly how he was doing.'
In Jarryd Luke's 'Polyethylene', adult son, Jaxon and his estranged scientist father, Arnold, struggle to find connection. Set in northern Australia, this is a sensitive portrayal of masculinity, father and relations and memory.
This story is part of Spineless Wonders’ new digital platform, Slinkies, a series aimed at publishing and promoting the work of a handful of carefully selected Australian under-30s.
short_story short_Australian_stories Spineless_Wonders Jarryd_Luke fiction short_fiction Australian_fiction family relationships father_son_relatioships masuclinity science photography Language: English / Published: 19 November 2015
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