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“Hi, Mark O’Flynn here. I’m going to read a poem which is from a forthcoming book called Modern Day Ailments and this poem’s about those typical Mountains days thick with fog. It’s called Pea Soup, and it has a quote from Bill Bryson, which is “Fog is cloud that has lost the will to fly.”
After the downpour – a peasouper.
Fog so thick it is like glaucoma. The spirits
are said to be let loose in fog such as this.
I wanted to go to the centre of the oval
where even the dark silhouette
of the treeline disappears and you
can imagine the world evaporated.
Out there I found a bunch
of cricketers camouflaged in the mist
waiting for their blindness to lift
and the contest to resume. It felt distinctly odd
meeting them like steamed ghosts,
part cloud, part will’o’th’wisp standing
with the drowned worms in the grass.”
ABOUT MARK O’FLYNN:
Mark writes across a range of forms including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and for the stage. He has published broadly in Australia and overseas. He lives in the Blue Mountains.
“I was co-winner of the Harper Collins Varuna award for manuscript development in 2004, which resulted in the novel Grassdogs. Most recently I stayed at Varuna as part of a Publisher Fellowship. I’ve read at Varuna many times and was a member of the Board for 5 years.” Mark O’Flynn
Falling Awake (2010)
What Can Be Proven (2007)
Eleanor & Eve (play 2003)
The Good Oil (2000)
The Too Bright Sun (1996)
Paterson’s Curse (1988)
Captain Cook (1987)
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