States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | 'Reading the Landscape' by J.P. Quinton

Monday, 27 June 2016 15:52

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, J.P. Quinton reads his poem 'Reading the Landscape' which features in the 2016 WA anthology.

Reading the Landscape

To read a landscape by another landscape;
Valley cloud reveals altitude.

To read the landscape visits the ego
That prevents a proper reading.

To this landscape, the circular fireplace
And a straight trunk – xanthorrhoeas present.

To read this landscape to the tune of other words,
As moisture moves us, is us, drowns us.

To read the landscape like a book
Means to think like a border

Like the roos who still jump
Where the fences have been removed.

J.P. Quinton

'Reading the Landscape' appears in States of Poetry - WA. You can learn more about States of Poetry and read the full anthologies here

Read J.P. Quinton's biography in 'States of Poetry - WA'