Sarah Rice

'Climbing' by Sarah Rice | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Sarah Rice
23 February 2016

 Life, like climbing, is best
accomplished if you don't look
down. Pressed up against the rock,

rock-face to face, one is safest.
Hands like to be busy, little nest-
builders, hunting for hand-

holds in the crevices and creases,
they work best in the dark,
by feel; creatures of tactility.

Feet too, like to work unhindered
by the he ... More

'Self-reliance' by Sarah Rice | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Sarah Rice
23 February 2016

No one is going to come and save you.
And because of this you must fold
your clothes at day's end

despite the urge to abandon them
to the backs of chairs. You must shake
the crumple of sleep from the sheet.

You must clean your teeth. Wash the teaspoons.
Fold your pyjamas too and lay the neat squares
to rest under your pillow of a morning

des ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - ACT | 'Song of gratitude' by Sarah Rice

Sarah Rice
23 February 2016

For the soft-handled horse-mane hair
of the half moon brush
The gleam of pewter, copper, glass.

For the carpet palimpsest of patterned lives
that lie layered in the deep pile – embedded
wine, coffee, blood, bread, skin, and ash.

For the possibility of preserving presence
and particularity in a photograph.

For the quiet reliability of maps that ... More

'The Saying and the Said' by Sarah Rice | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Sarah Rice
23 February 2016

Timing and manner my mum would always say
and it's true, the how and when override the what
of what's said, and the same is true of poetry.

I don't think people remember their tone when speaking –
other people's yes, but not their own. Tone, like texture, is crucial
for the feel of things – is it honey or cactus, metal or water?

And if the words ... More

'Dad' by Sarah Rice | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Sarah Rice
23 February 2016

We would sit on the wings of his knees
and see-saw our way through stories
              magical suitcases
                           Romanian folktales
      ... More

About Sarah Rice | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Australian Book Review
23 February 2016


Sarah RiceSarah Rice won the 2014 Ron Pretty Poetry Award and the 2014 Bruce Dawe poetry prize; co-won the 2011 Gwen Harwood; and was placed ... More