Tag Archives: Australia

For my sister & brother-in-law

I was deeply honoured to be asked to read a poem as part of my sister’s wedding ceremony in Sydney last weekend. The reception was held at one of Australia’s oldest glasshouses, the ceremony on the lawn outside beneath a … Continue reading

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Hinterland (VII)

the tent floor goes over the snake hole * smell of bushfire       I return to the world * dawn, half-awake, putting my feet on * dark waters       do the dead look up * a distant drone…       gully sky

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Hinterland (VI)

scribbles in my notebook       night chorus * the last of my water       that horsefly twitches in dirt * another memory excavated       my aching muscles * afloat, half-moon in blue       flash of kingfisher * napping…       a leaf falls endlessly

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Hinterland (V)

enjoying being lost       ducks in the rainforest * salt on my lips       only myself to blame * the cicada silently drowns itself       my eardrums, vibrating * between sleeps       the book of nightmares * almost disappointed to find the way out       … Continue reading

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Hinterland (IV)

reception on the knoll       xantho spikes * senseless murmurs of the forest       if I had cancer * glad I’m not a commando       freeballing * abandoned flight feather       I make a promise * to go back is also a choice       track … Continue reading

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Hinterland (III)

dry moss       the desire to drench it * green tea       dragonfly smacks water * between rock & root       almost comfortable * ant jaws work my elbow * through casuarina needles       a satellite

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Hinterland (II)

spectacleless       drops of light swarm the surface * behind fly screen       the mosquito’s whine * goannas grapple in sunlight       my white belly * stomach grumbles       a mushroom sprouts in the sky * my finger drips blood       cicada throb

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Hinterland (I)

descending into fern valley       a twig snaps * coming up for breath       tea water * voice of the whooping bird       I should’ve kissed her * switching off my torch       I enter second sleep * awake       flutter of wings

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Bloodbuzz Brisbane (Sunset Sounds, 5th Jan 2011)

Did you hear the dams are full? It’s flooding out west but this is Brisbane and in the Botanic Gardens among fig trees and shaggy palms the crowd has mostly forgotten raincoats. Everyone’s drinking—I’m sticking to water. You’d think this … Continue reading

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the definition of ignorant bigotry

Dec 4, 2004 6:05pm a group of young white males, on a balcony, drinking; a turbaned sikh walking along a suburban street; youth, loudly: “hey, muslim! come up here if ya wanna war.” ~Chris

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