Tuesday, January 15, 2013

wherever they hang

                                 for Stephanie

she landscapes four dresses on the wall
chooses black to colour art

black, the darker side of pale
black, the unlovely colour of roads,

night hazards, flashing lights, dead-end
signs. in a laneway a woman sleeps

while the mood calls her runaway, wife.
curbside ladies hang on lamp-posts, flee

a hooting owl, some drive up lonely highways
find the river closed. some make it to the

station or midnight plane. others leave before
the egg is born, snatched from brutal hands.

some artists wall a movement
others dress the girls.


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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 @ http://issuu.com/evangelyne/​​docs/joyous_lake/


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