The North Sea: a drama queen pounding the shore. You led me to the dark; perhaps to reveal a hutch, bring out a rabbit for me. You proposed a confusion. The rabbit was missing and the box in your pocket. Inside, a reward for weathering the hardest winter, one of near sundering. In the beginning, there were roses, a locked gate, and radiating out, a pattern in the rock, a circle.
Filipino idiom meaning will soon marry (literally, the gate is blooming).
is the author of The Everyday English Dictionary
(London: Paekakariki Press, 2016), Hollywood Starlet
(Chicago: dancing girl press), Disturbance
(Wales: Seren, 2013) and Mortal
. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work appears in many publications, including Best Australian Poems
(2009 and 2013), with several poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. Born in Manila and raised in Tasmania, she lived many years in Wales before moving to New Zealand in 2014.
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