Adrian Caesar

States of Poetry 2016 ACT Podcast | 'Charlotte's Grace' and 'Spring Fall' by Adrian Caesar

18 May 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Adrian Caesar reads two poems, 'Charlotte's Grace' and 'Spring Fall' which both feature in the 2016 ACT anthology.

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'Spring Fall' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

I see you stand with your back to me
at the French window as you did last March
looking at early flowers
yellow and crimson, pansy and primrose
peeping from their crust of snow and
above them the steel-sculpted angel
rearing from a wooden plinth: guardian
of the courtyard. In those bleak days I knew
you were reading the cemetery metaphor
of your blig ... More

'Crafting Consolation' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

Your kind friend sent a condolence card
and in the envelope a small white feather
which, she said, seemed to come from nowhere.
Angel's wings obviously, I wrote in my reply.
And for days after everywhere I went
I found small replicas, as if some tiny
feathered thing had scattered its moulting
on urban pavements, in shops and unlikely
bathrooms, a ... More

'Shell Burial' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

Without bucket or spade we build
the sandcastle, dragging and gathering
piling and patting our little Camelot.
I excavate a moat, shape a drawbridge,
a sloping road leading to the keep,
while you look for shells to decorate
the edifice, or so I thought, the way we'd
done last holiday some months ago.
But this time you have another purpose:
instead of ... More

'A Salutation' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

Some months after the funeral,
checking emails from the other hemisphere,
there's one from Pauline; subject: Hell.
It's not promising. My mind traverses
the last five years, their litany of loss –
a son, two friends and mentors,
then you, lovely sister, and like some grim
comedic postscript even Frankie
the cat succumbed. Suffice to say
I ... More

'Charlotte's Grace' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

(For my grand-daughter)

Coming in with stones from the garden
your first impulse is to make them shine.
Washing rocks, you call it, and give them
full treatment, soap and flannel and rinse,
your three year old hands and eyes intent,
absorbed, and this not a one-off game;
it becomes a favourite as if
to establish your own ritual
y ... More

About Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Australian Book Review
22 February 2016
Adrian Caesar was born and educated in England, but has lived and worked in Australia for more than thirty years. More