29.0: PASTORAL



Dove Cottage

Wm turned in the night again digging his heels into my hasty pudding. (Dove Cottage Maxim 13: You can never have too much oatmeal.) Our first weeks here we made maxims – late into the night. I use 'we' loosely, …

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Back to the Farm

Eight headed hills sway to the mad saddle laughing. Kiss from stray strings, hooked to the hum of the porch. Knees and ears, fresh breath feathers, four legged tears. Owls spitting fire, bathing spinach fence pies. Tell me when it's …

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Round Up. Make Nice

Shuffle and stop. Dust to the sun, shakes, lusts for the moon, grinning, takes off. Boy watches closely, mad eyes wide, and sharp and tongue Boots move at a rumble of white, holding hands with proud thumb prince under nowhere …

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Paddocks

Looking out across paddocks I fall silent. Here is the expanse I wanted inside myself. I am looking forward to an unbroken horizon the sun has disappeared behind. Say, I try to fly there, opening and closing a little wingspan …

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Variations in the Pupils

Say it is a pink deceit, the dawn sky, a trick of light and atmosphere shaped in the eye. The outlook varies depending on whose eye we look through. Yet for every eye it is true enough, trawling over peculiar …

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On Reading ‘Learning Human’

This blunt nosed wombat, greedy mega-faun, transforms obstacles to sustenance, chews his way through your front door, your doormat on his back. Rudely, he celebrates daggy mud gloves, or parades in pleated rain, a stray feather stuck to one ear. …

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Lamentation

o murray o murray break (bending) the forgiveness of things what you (air and water) what you (bread) the place you lie down threads of the sheet that covers as if given for our breath drinking (food in us) here …

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Post-colonial?

All that is white in us in not pure nor (but driven to the breath of) snow that falls when the day turns cold. Our wanting all belonging (in this place), is even more the colon's gesture: already who bore …

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Overlander Ode

If May were to call a spade a spade, would Spade hover over tenets and terms, flatten freesias, ferns, friction, fiction, to strike stretches of Pater- son's Curse or Salvation Jane and kangaroo-paw terrains, so burying the bloom labour and …

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practical project

III sweet Persephone knocking on the ceiling love your meads and love your flowers should they be at the door with my sheep and dogs round white boulders chancing upon ivy and impatiens while flakes bind the ankles of your …

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Shift

the same drought part of the australian bush as yesterday only waking to a flash flood water sliding the balding hill and shifting my inner landscape to a kind of environmentally aware comfort zone the top soil gone I am …

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Ex-Yugo

All the good songs come from the men leaning on staves – watching sheep graze on a field without fences. So I am told. In this country they dry hay on this sort of wooden rack – and in that …

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