Libby Hart’s first collection of poetry, Fresh News from the Arctic (Interactive Press, 2006) received the Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Prize. She received an Australia Council for the Arts international skills and arts development studio residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig in Ireland. During this residency (2008) she wrote the book-length poem ‘This Floating World,’ which will be performed by Teresa Bell and Gavin Blatchford (2010). Publication of ‘This Floating World’ is forthcoming.
The very thought of you
You’re the face I’m seeking
each time I think of love
and my yearning covers
all the miles I’ve travelled tonight.
I’m alone, but I’m cuddling up to the thought of you,
of your fingers that come to me as if ghosts
inside a memory so crystalline.
I’m rounding my passion,
curving it to your meaning,
as you leave a kiss against lip
as a hand strokes my hair
as a breath is tattoo-delivered against brow
with a sigh so full of thought.
That’s when you leave me again.
That’s when I remember
I’ve been meaning to tell you
that you hold my soul in your hands.
There is silence at the gate,
all my angels press against the fence.
To capture the moment just before it happened:
The river was epic,
everything coiled and flowed
inside a great restlessness.
Then came a ribbon of blood,
then came curlicues made by stone,
then came the water, inking.
Canoeists passed silently like ancient travellers.
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