body as tree | Anne Elvey


argent tendrils lift

coarse from brow    the incline


tipped with chill and sentience

a divine ire written as if


taught by nose    or

history’s small tightenings –


hands have white

vestiges of    oven dish


new knife – a scald   

witnesses disintegration


as focus blurs around

careers like banksia    with


every cone worked for

each resolve    sprung







Anne Elvey is author of White on White (Cordite, 2018), Kin (FIP, 2014) and This Flesh That You Know (chapbook; Leaf Press, 2015). She is managing editor of Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics. Anne holds honorary appointments at Monash University and University of Divinity, Melbourne.

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