States of Poetry 2016 - TAS | 'kangaroo grass' by Adrienne Eberhard

kangaroo grass

 

ramayana puppet
                     angled, spare

you gesture with sharp fingers
                    beckoning insistent

eloquent as a mime artist
                   nodding your body

to shadows in weak light
                   each seed head pared

you lure the breeze
                   tethering sky to earth

a binding
                   that is pure theatre

Adrienne Eberhard

Adrienne Eberhard

Adrienne Eberhard

Adrienne Eberhard’s latest collection, The Shape of the Wind, is forthcoming from Black Pepper. Agamemnon’s Poppies (2003) was awarded second place in the Anne Elder Prize, Jane, Lady Franklin (2004) was featured on PoeticA, and This Woman (2011) was shortlisted for the 2013 Tasmania Book Prize. She lives on the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, south of Hobart, and is working on a new collection that is a series of poems/letters between Marie Antoinette and Marie Louise (Louis) Girardin, who sailed in Tasmanian waters in 1792–93.