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Hi, my name’s Warrick Wynne. I’m going to read some postcard poems inspired by my stay at Varuna. Some of these were published in Bluey magazine.
1. Fourth Day of High Wind.
Atmospheric, impressive, untamed,
For the fourth day the wind howls its name from the valley floor.
Enough is enough.
2. Progress in the Blue Mountains Catchment.
Set in concrete at the base of a fall,
‘Water Unfit for Drinking’.
That signs been there for years.
3. Problem for the Chamber of Commerce.
The shadows of the clouds
moving solemnly across Jamieson Valley,
cannot be floodlit at night.
Eight hundred metres from my bed
This plateau plummets, sudden to the valley floor.
Q – What if I sleepwalk?
5. Telling it Like it Isn’t.
Darwin found Govett’s Leap;
‘Stupendous . . . the gulf was filled with a thin blue haze, which, although destroying the general effect of the view, added to the apparent depth at which the forest was stretched out beneath our feet.’
6. Naming the Valley.
It’s a long valley.
7. Kedumba River
The fault that becomes the chasm that becomes the vault
the Skytrain lingers over, is a tremor felt halfway up Cascade St,
that you can spit over.
ABOUT WARRICK WYNNE:
Warrick Wynne is a Melbourne teacher and writer with three books of poetry published and a large number of poems in magazines and journals. He has won several poetry awards including the Red Earth Poetry Prize and the Max Harris Literary Award. Wynne has been awarded a residency at Varuna and an Australia Council residency in Ireland.
“I had a writer’s residency at Varuna in the early 1990s, just prior to the publication of my first book.” Warrick Wynne
Lost Things and Other Poems (Butterfly Books)
The Colour of Maps (Five Islands Press)
The Illusion of Progress (Five Islands Press)
Poetry Page: http://warrickwynne.org
Poetry Blog: http://poeticise.wordpress.com/
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/106024900859009545816/posts
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