States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'egress' by Susie Anderson

someone is leaving a plane and feeling the city wrap around them again. the atmosphere, it is always heavy around here. what that means is that it's humid. within the person there is an internal battle, then there is a decision, then there is action. while the consequences of the action play out, crickets play and not even in the background. the sound rises and all of a sudden it feels like they are all around. but they are nowhere to be seen, so it is terrifying as well. something invisible can be so consuming. yes, the atmosphere is still heavy here. the person who leaves the airport had no one to meet them and was going to get the airport train but figured a taxi wouldn't be so much more expensive than the train fare. it was probably about two dollars more. this is the kind of person who has to wait to run errands that would be easier with a car because she doesn't have one herself. they wait until a friend with a car has a weekend free. this is the kind of person who leaves their phone at home and goes to dinner with only a book. they like to walk home through back streets to explore the city, stop to pat friendly cats for a little while and dawdle all the way back because it is always good to go a bit slower. the noise of the crickets, the absence of a breeze wrapping around all the time make this giant place seem smaller.

 

Susie Anderson


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Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson is a writer and multimedia artist based in Sydney, Australia. A descendent of the Wergaia and Wemba Wemba people from north western Victoria, her practice is concerned with the distances between place and people, themes she explores through prose poetry and media based works. Susie has performed and presented widely at literary festivals and events in Australia and abroad, and in 2015 co-ran an event of collaborative poetry performances at the National Young Writers Festival in Newcastle. Selected publications include Alien She, Keep Brave, Shabby Doll House, The Lifted Brow, For Every Year and Voiceworks Magazine. Susie was a recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2014.

Susie also makes work as part of the arts collective sociocreative trust, most recently Elsewhere, an exhibition at Redrock Books & Gallery in 2015 and Speak Easy, a curated dinner and performance at the 2016 Festival of Live Art in Melbourne.

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