Audio poem “An Ending, A Beginning” at Australian Poetry Journal

This one’s a collaboration between my partner-in-crime, Lloyd Barrett, and myself. I wrote the poem first, and I heard him messing around with a piece he’d created a little later. I asked if we could combine the two elements and here we are. It’s up at the Australian Poetry Journal if you want to purchase the entire issue or you can click below to hear the poem directly online.

An Ending, A Beginning

You knew when it slipped
away, that moment
when the world ended
and your ammonite
heart tightly curled against
the winter winds bled
into a stranger’s arms
swept
the weeping willow
of your hair away
and whispered
there, there.

Fractals
bloom as clouds
burst and birth
and you are envious
of precipitous labour—
even the sky
conceives
what you do not.

As the snow thaws
rivulets trickle
and you accept his offering
clenched in sweaty palm:
a whorled fossil
optimistic, sutured
to your left ventricle.

Tessellated
heartbeat stretches
across your chest, tiny
fingerpaint smear marks
the spot.

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