The Oxford Companion to Australian Music edited by Warren Bebbington
Four in the morning. Stumbling back
to bed, the softness
of my pillow in the spread
of my fingers assumes
again, after so long, the still longed for
round of your head.
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Porter Prize winner
Amanda Joy, from Western Australia, was named overall winner of the Peter Porter Poetry Prize at a Boyd ceremony on 9 March. Her poem is entitled 'Tailings'. All five shortlisted poets introduced and read their poems – two of them disembodiedly (
Today in Sunday weather grevillia leaves The body also in Sunday mode. The mind to the end of a long apprenticeship in learning to leave
in turmoil, no evident breeze. A sugar hit. A honey
-eater, upside down at tilt and tumble.
idling on automatic with no need
to be occupied or coloured, having come at last
well alone. No empire to account to. No
Today in Sunday weather grevillia leaves
The body also in Sunday mode. The mind
to the end of a long apprenticeship in learning to leave
A soft October morning,
adagio sostenuto. Some part
of me is still delayed
in sleep. It is one with
night, with daylight
stars, moths that fumble
at a window pane, bewildered
that this tract of sky,
like no other, will not yield.
The coffee cup, double espresso,
is deeper than it looks.
Each sip I take
a dark reaffirmation. ...