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“Hi, I’m Jayne Fenton Keane and this is my poem “Ophelia Becoming Moon” – For Clio, Erato and Polyhymnia.
‘Every few centuries a woman of poetic genius appears, who may be distinguished by three clear secondary signs: learning, beauty, and loneliness.’ Robert Graves
You write poems that glow under water. That are sixteen kilometres round. That taste of drowning. You bite off the sky. Trace its secrets, until mystery orbits around knowing. Satellite dish of drowning.
Speak in rivers. Fill up the hollows with these twisting schools of silver mouths.
“How I hold you in my hand is less than sky and more than entanglement.
I can only see you as this curved ribbon of absence. Apostrophe singing birds, perched like commas. All from inside this water.” This is what the shells heard.
53,670 kilometres of apostrophes in her eyes. Mean velocity of abandonment. His eyes an exclamation mark of bird. Sharp, volatile edges of calling. She has a rendezvous with subtraction. Her madness, his madness.
Breeding moons. Conjuring planets. Takes time out from a head full of drowning. Discovers that forever lives inside weightlessness.”
© Jayne Fenton Keane.
From Ophelia’s Codpiece, Post Pressed, Brisbane
ABOUT JAYNE FENTON KEANE:
Jayne Fenton Keane writes for books, performance and digital media and has broadcast, published and performed her work in many countries.
“She is a multimedia poet who is particularly interested in live performance and poetry for the web … Jayne was the founding Director of Australia’s National Poetry Week.” Poetica, ABC Radio National
“I have been to Varuna twice, once on a poetry fellowship and once as a radio script fellow.” Jayne Fenton Keane
Fissure Blooms, 1994
Ophelia’s Codpiece, Post Pressed, Brisbane
The Transparent Lung
The Stalking Tongue, CD
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