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2010 Central Coast Poets Anthology

My poem “Evelyn May’s Guest Room” has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 Central Coast Poets Anthology, which is very exciting. The poem is inspired by my late grandmother and the memories and items that existed in her highset Queenslander in Toowoomba (now sadly part of an industrial estate).
Here it is:

Evelyn May’s Guest Room

Evelyn May’s glass perfume bottle sits heavy,
burdened by privative hours. It’s been left to preside

over history from a white lipped sea of doilies. No one has
laid hands on its sleek form, nor unscrewed its metal cap

for years. It will be consigned to chattels, its belly emptied
like her biscuit tin. For her worth too, is distilled from a scent

long expired, granted a small pulse each time the Westlander
passes, studding cerulean with industrial cold; enduring passage

like clockwork. Here, there is only silky oak for company, veiled
heavy in dust stasis. Without expectation, there is no purpose.

The afternoons drift like gossamer.
© 2010 Vanessa Page

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