May/June 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 3 Nature's Nature: A Gathering of Poetry |

A Polysituated Ode with Occasional Demi-boustrophedon

Odeshock    —Walter Murdoch We're all in it together, this place, that one too: passing through, born here, born there, overlays and more: tangential butterfly effect out of the flailed hedge, the RomanWare they lift from the development site to validate the new-build, historically contextualized, coprolite—dinosaur shit. I am never in once place when I am here. A composite. Hup two hup two hup two three four, the beat tattooed on walkways and paths, squaddies behind the copse, the burgeoning coppiced growth, the white butterfly see here and simultaneously flitting across the top paddock at Jam Tree Gully 14,600 kilometers away. I fixate on the shott, my eyeline dragged out to plumb the shallow chalky soil: I see shapes—letters even— and the write is up and down and kerned. Or from a different angle: wrapper chip a and trees hollowed dead from bats rabbits envisage I. So taking the longhandle to the bridle path, to the footpath, to the highway, I trudg

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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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