'Of Ash', a new poem by Kate Middleton

Cento after Peter Steele

Is this not running wild?
Silk-white ashes of dream and film
nerve into drama −
into darkness and its minotaur

In fact, we are a pack of jokers
cloaked but cold
taking to change as salamanders
were once thought to take to fire

Yes, such silk-white ashes
– their yield, their plenitude –
may as well be rained together
Love’s cost in a seared world

Published in April 2014, no. 360
Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is an Australian writer. She is the author of the poetry collections Fire Season (Giramondo, 2009), awarded the Western Australian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 2009 and Ephemeral Waters (Giramondo, 2013), shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s award in 2014. From September 2011-September 2012 she was the inaugural Sydney City Poet.

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