'pinned' by Chris Arnold | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

excerpt from Ligature

her office           kept cold
she shivers          exhales
but never the satisfaction
of seeing her breath

a red-black plaid blanket wraps
her legs               pattern
reminiscent of red dust picnics –
she’d pick spinifex spears
and snap them against
thumbnails pressed together
stalks shorter and shorter before
they refused her halving –

her rug synthetic             soft
not the wire-like wool
that scratched her legs
through picnic dresses
in this    somewhere     her parents
she guesses – mouths
eyes      hands  closed
– locked postures unfigured,
only stone layered red on red
and green blades

she bends her back
sets weight against
arms on a white workbench.
Eyes focused close,
she slides steel between
eye blue slats
of a dragonfly’s thorax.
sinks pin into paper
and corkboard beneath;

sits straight
exhales again and thinks
this isn’t orthetrum caledonicum –
a holotype filed from light
while hers had paused
in still and cicada song
wings flat on acacia

Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold lives in Perth and used to work as a software engineer. He was published in Westerly’s first writers’ development program, and now works as the journal’s web editor. In 2017, Chris commenced a creative PhD at the University of Western Australia, where he is combining his background in programming with poetic composition. He aims to produce a narrative for hybrid print and electronic reading, and is working, at the time of writing, with generative text and audio.

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