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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