Apparitions | Judith Bishop

A tree makes a pattern on the sky 

as night arrives: 


it is a billowing blackness

that sinks in the mind, 

slow to speak, because deep 
in the impression of its shape,

taking root, as anything

inscrutable does, 


like the jet trail of a dream
or the scene of a touch,


that come 


to the swaying
black canopy above

knowing meaning resounds
in analogous things,


and things are more enduring
than their bodies’ apparitions,


arriving on this page now,

blasted, wanting, 


as anything once tremulous 

and living







Judith Bishop’s most recent collection of poetry is Interval (UQP, 2018), winner of the 2019 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and a finalist in the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award. Her Calibre Prize longlisted essay on love and data appeared in the PN Review (UK), n.242 in 2018. 

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