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Jun
11

Saddle Dreaming wins 3rd prize in the 2011 Banjo Patterson literary awards

Excited today to learn that my poem Saddle Dreaming, which was written in memory of my grandfather took out 3rd prize in the Words out West Banjo Patterson Literary Awards. You can read more here: http://wordsoutwest.com.au/media/newsMedia.cfm

The poem is not published at the site, so here it is:

Saddle dreaming

Out here, he might find the shape of her face
in a night basin speckled with stars

just by purchasing shares in the thought of her,
a lifetime south in Gunggeri territory

Wife

She’s a vignette back there, with five children
topped and tailed in two small rooms,
shadow-formed; getting by on instinct

Sleep pulls through her like an accordion

Next time, before regret can come into it
he might leave off the drink, and whisper her
a homecoming as sweet as wood-smoke

Next time

A dog’s bark slices through the morning pink,
as day cups the edges of the Gulf country

It won’t be long now, til it begins again

Saddle dreaming drenched in sun violence,
and the miles of emptiness drawn out between.




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