Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
asfaltics asked: maybe you know her poetry — Rebecca Elson, astronomer, sadly short life. there's a wikipedia entry. stumbled on by accident. sample — Land's End / Walking the Cornish Coast Path : "I didn't believe her when she said that, / That the world is its deepest and richest / Exactly where you are, always. / Each bit of the landscape / A piece from somewhere else…" (p78 her book). she did some observing at Mount Stromlo. / brings yours to mind. ¶ yes, teaching resumed, hard schedule for this aging one. j
thanks for sharing Elson’s work - I don’t know her stuff, but keen to read now. Good luck getting through the session!
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Poetry is perhaps this: an Atemwende, a turning of our breath … is it perhaps this turn, this Atemwende, which can sort out the strange [fremde] from the strange?
Paul Celan, from his acceptance speech of the Georg Büchner Prize, 22 October, 1960 (via apoetreflects)
Friday, January 3, 2014
I forget the names of towns without rivers.
A town needs a river to forgive the town.
Whatever river, whatever town—
it is much the same.
The cruel things I did I took to the river.
I begged the current: make me better.
Richard Hugo, from “The Towns We Know and Leave Behind, the Rivers We Carry with Us,” in Making Certain It Goes On: The Collected Poems of Richard Hugo (W. W. Norton & Co., 1984)
Monday, December 30, 2013
Australia divided into five states of equal population
Source: ApatheticElephant (reddit)
This was fun :)
It was quite hard to get exactly the same populations without fiddling around with the areas around Melbourne and Sydney which would have been hard to see on the map anyway (The Melbourne and Sydney “states” here are supposed to represent their Greater Area as per the ABS). These are what the populations of these states would be: (Any better suggestions for names are welcome)
South-Northern-Westralialand (The yellow one): 4,759,503
New South Queensland (Blue): 4,769,863
Vicnswania: (Purple) 4,791,451
I tried to make it 6 states but it just wasn’t working (plus I would have probably had to split Melbourne and Sydney somewhere awkward). Also apologies for my photo editing skills, some borders are dodgy.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Swimming in the private pool
adjacent to the estuarine harbour
we won’t think here on the water politics
this positioning produces with
parallel lines containing three generations
indecipherable from my perch nine
floors above - merged in the common
effort to keep moving turning water.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Do not touch the water the black-on-white type spoke
and the three year old within, pure untrammelled Id, not yet quashed by Superego
jumped and pushed and near forced my hand down
while fear of CCTV prosecution won.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Backyard cricket a practice still chased
while the small ones spot the way
to future doings, enamoured spectators.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
The hills spiked by browned
grass are beds so beloved
of kangaroos and snakes
in the sclerophyll space that
hugs a town called Mudgee-
named such after a people
killed as invasion collateral.
There’s a heat so drying
it licks the flesh from your
bones curls around sinews
digs under toes and leaves
you blinded by white.