Winter 2003 • Vol. XXV No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2003 |

Edge-Effect Requiem for Tom Bigelow

Pushkin was sparse in his use of metaphor. Should I talk to you of the dynamics, the I-You, addressee, addressed? Build the text by metonym? Boots, walk, grip, track, map. I read Thomas Hardy, and he teaches me to write regardless: connect, disconnect. It's there like Sensurround, the island of scrub within the field, birds edging water. One long walk about and beyond the property that held conflicting histories: knowing it would have to go, be broken up—small allotments and rich houses already restricting its breath. The notes I wrote for you—to react,remake, transcribe. Field notes drawn like wire, or splinters, or vapor over the pond. In images, your own, tacked together in company. Transparent leaves of a late winter tree, a tree stuck—or persisting—in early fall. Maybe through all seasons, never growing, older. Wild turkeys on the fringe, heat in the edge effect. You expected them, and they were there. It's reassuring, even now. A kite tangled in undergrowth, hooked up

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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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