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Clade Song 12


The sun’s immense geranium
is squashed against the screen.
Seduced by the siren
of the river’s closing eye,
I approach like the willows, our
shredded woes along the bank,
and dilate in the drift
toward the sea’s flowering shore.

Pelicans radiate with language,
a swamp hen draws an arc.

All afternoon, I go blind
in dense, green light.
My fear erupts sporadically
in a flurry across the bowl.

Underneath, ripples fan from a gentle elbow
where a miniature star might reside—

until those hidden convictions gnaw it to pieces
then flee, like the fingers of an opening palm,
through the streets of this liquid town.

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Stuart Cooke is an Australian poet and critic. His latest books include the poetry collection Lyre (UWAP, 2019) and a translation of Gianni Siccardi's The Blackbird (Vagabond, 2018), and he is the co-editor of Transcultural Ecocriticism (Bloomsbury, 2021). A new chapbook, Land Art, was recently published (Calanthe, 2022). He lives in Brisbane, on Turrbal country, where he lectures in Creative Writing and Literary Studies at Griffith University.  



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