Spring 2013 • Vol. XXXV No. 2 Poetry |

Penillion of Cow Parsley 2

Seldom witnessed: Cows overwhelmed By cow parsley: An infusion Of white on cool, Sunless days—rule Of the fertile Rush to instill Longevity When so briefly Aroused to show Those grazing cows Pollen on their Muzzles—powder Around nostrils Dank with breath—frills Of scaffolding For dewlaps—song Of great beasts lost In brief forest: Such an intense Spectral presence Of cow parsley For memory.

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John Kinsella
John Kinsella's recent books of poetry include Firebreaks (WW Norton, 2016), Jam Tree Gully (WW Norton, 2012) which won the Australian Prime Minister's Award for Poetry and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, and Sack (Picador, UK, 2014). He is an Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University and Professor of Literature and Environment at Curtin University.

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