Issue #13 of the Communion Arts Journal is now available online.
Communion is produced by Jane Williams and Ralph Wessman from Walleah Press, an independent literary publisher based in Tasmania. The current issue offers a selection of poetry, stories and essays from Australian and overseas writers. Among them is my poem, Grown-Grey Eyes.
He leaves the silence between the walls
pushing his dependable blue wheel
barrow past the angled barn
past the faithful timber posts
of the stockyard, out
across the insistent paddock
to the gate that does not close.
As he walks, he finds the sky
his recently grown-grey eyes
until in time it begins
draping itself about him.
With his dripping hands working
steadily at their task he recalls
how grateful he was
to hear she had given
his favourite red rain
coat to her lover.
In writing this poem, I was seeking to combine the immediacy and directness of the Imagist writers with the more personal and emotion-filled style favoured by many writers later in the 20th century.
I think this combination of image and emotion does capture something of the tension involved in dealing with day-to-day objects and tasks at a time when your mind is overcome with drama or tragedy.
Communion Arts Journal is always a good read and this issue includes a personal account from poet and performer, Harry Laing, of his experiences during the bushfires in New South Wales earlier this year. Please follow the link and take some time to explore what Communion Arts Journal has to offer.