States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'Jonah' by Kate Middleton

            The ‘greate fyshe’, terrible
colossus, dark cathedral of days
            and nights, arrests
lost Jonah in his flight. Three

            days and nights spent
in wet earnest prayer, dread
            dowse of whale’s
appetite, drowse of oceanic

            will. It is a liturgy
of krill. A pinwheel spun
            in blur of hope, despair.
The shroud of stomach’s wall,

            grave chamber, draped
in sacred bile. Three days lost.
            Three nights. Till their
cadence, amen, resolves.

 

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is an Australian writer. She is the author of the poetry collections Fire Season (Giramondo, 2009), awarded the Western Australian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 2009 and Ephemeral Waters (Giramondo, 2013), shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s award in 2014. From September 2011-September 2012 she was the inaugural Sydney City Poet.