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blood from the stone | Shastra Deo

after Kaitlin Wadley

it is easier to want

after nightfall: being

of your being born

in blood spill, shedding

all that light. what

blueprint sits unfinished

in you—your

body the wound

between object and eye, architecture of your

brain built unforgiving, brimful

with memory

of those seen but unseeing. the space

you fill and the space that fills you

is a muscled expanse, and so little

of the universe is empty.

you can’t cut deep

enough to hit bone, but

skin is its own story: inter—

soul into body is an act of

violence and I will not forget

to bleed. in your godhood you


mantle and



what comes back, what

sleeps under stone until the mourning

cloak is lifted, what excavated absence

opens its eyes in the dark and stirs

against your limning hands.

Shastra Deo was born in Fiji, raised in Melbourne, and lives in Brisbane. Her work deals with the intersection of trauma, memory, and selfhood, with a particular focus on corporeality and embodiment. Her first book, The Agonist (UQP 2017), won the 2016 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize.

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