Monday, October 15, 2012

This poem just won the inaugural Adrien Abbott Poetry Award 2012!


The ferry makes the journey
to an island, late afternoon.
It leaves the harbour, scrolls water 
forward and back into yellow-dots of light. The way
a woman curls the hem of a beautiful gown.
Love returns with its dangers. This is what
happens when you lay a new image over the old.
Ten years, and you thought the gods looked down
on your heart. The strength of it. How could they
know? You fell in love. Grew into fragments
of stories: midnight parties, Céline Dion,
Springsteen, two or three beers, your legs singing;
a womb waiting, with water in it.
Heart slain, you felt gutted as a shark
is killed for the luxury of its roaming.
The wind pulls at your silence where love used to be.
Do Sea Bass run here? Are the whales in shallows
this moment, struggling to get home?
These are questions that arise, until dockside comes.
A pelican, manoeuvring flight, hangs out her wings
on your promenade walk, shades your return
as you pass by the gate.


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Helen Hagemann's first literary collection, Evangelyne & other poems, was published by the Australian Poetry Centre in their New Poets Series 2009. 'of Arc & Shadow' is her second full collection published by Sunline Press. She has two e-books, The Joyous Lake & Par écrit: poetry of the feminine @​​docs/joyous_lake/


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