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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