A new pamphlet is published and about to be launched. Tango Boleo (Pocket Poets, Ginninderra Press, 2019) is a sequence of reply poems in collaboration with poet Avril Bradley inspired by the passion, sensuality and melancholy of tango.
Poems appear in the current issues of The Antigonish Review, Plumwood Mountain, Obsessed with Pipework, Curlew, The Journal, Envoi, The Lake and Not Very Quiet and are forthcoming in Poetry Salzburg, Under the Radar, Verity La and the Smith/Doorstop anthology on running, The Result is What You See Today.
This poem was written after trips to Far North Queensland after a hurricane and to the Central Desert after a drought and is currently featuring in Anne Elvey’s Plumwood Mountain.
Salt Wind Salt War
As cumuli mass in platoons
they strike me as bones of a whale
but what they are for real
are supplicant fingers of pure palm
tumbled by the muscle of a cyclone
Fronds shudder and click
like pelican beaks
in times of famine
tearing breasts open
to feed chicks
straight from the heart pure blood
on parchment feather
In drought they quietly
pile the dead for shade
roll eggs into death cairns
Little abortions cloud about
skirts of Kati Thanda Lake Eyre
not here where death comes in all weathers
peace time rare as ambergris
Links to poems online