Summer 2003 • Vol. XXV No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 2003 |

Field Notes from Mount Bakewell

For Harold Bloom 1. Bark-stripped upper branches of York gums—olive dugites stretched taut, the dry blue like stark black bitumen, a torn limb from last night's high winds, the snake struck by a vehicle, maybe taking aim: is it revenge when a snake, tossed into the chassis, drops and strikes the driver searching for an oil leak? 2. The stubble a bed of nails, or hypodermics mounted on mixed-media, piercing boot-soles, stapling socks— soaked with blood that rubs.Up there, through the bum-off and parrot bush sown like mythology, the harsh green of heat trees mocks foliage—an idea without history here, on the hillside.        The launch places of paragliders—best thermals for four hundred or a thousand kilometers, depending on whom you believe: where Euros sweat in small numbers and the minutiae of reserves are transgressed by stand of she-oaks: aerial mimics, clarifiers of vegetable harmonics, telecommunication dishes microwaving panoramically,ing

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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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