old stone – a mock up

Last night I spent some time messing around with covers, and came up with this for a future release. I don’t have a home for this MS yet, nor a solid title but I did have fun making it.

I wanted a thematic link between this and between giants because they both feature travel pieces, hence another image of the amazing Colosseum!

old stone - mock up

And here’s a couple of (possibly familiar) pieces that might appear in the collection:

shuffling over old stone
the echo
of tour guides

you are trying to sleep
and I am Coltrane’s sax
steeped in sound

en route

The ultra cheerful sound of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour chirps from the radio as our driver sets his tanned hands on the wheel. His sleeves are rolled up over the wrist, where a wealth of dark hair lives like localised forest. He does not move his shoulders much, but to roll them occasionally. Twice he gestures to the green range of Monte Cerreto, to tell us that Amalfi is on the other side.

He does not mention the columns of smoke that pour from different spots on the mountain, coloured slow. They grow as if exhaled by dragons buried deep in the earth, perhaps smuggled over Byzantine trade routes from beyond the sea. We stare out the window, catch glimpses of bright scales glittering on waves.

narrow way –
black garbage bags
tied to fences

a haibun

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Roman Forum (1)

the spot where Caesar’s body was burnt seems to scare our guide. she does not look at the flowers, a sheen of sweat on her face as the sun works its centuries-slow destruction on pillars in the Forum

uneven footing
horns from
the imperial road

up where the Vestal Virgins had their garden, rose beds breathe easy. green pools might once have hidden tears or swallowed sighs. of the many statues, only two have heads and their creamy robes are mute. people rest before them, hands on hips

posing for photos
other tourists
fill the frame

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‘between giants’ forthcoming from Ginninderra Press

I’m thrilled to bits to let you know that my new poetry collection, between giants, is forthcoming from Ginninderra Press in late October!

It brings together work from the last couple of years and also features some pieces written during or about a trip to Italy last year. Here’s the cover image and I’ll be posting a couple of sample poems here.