The Common online
The Common: Cliff’s Dantean satire hole
The Humber Writers – collaborative books and films
Shadows in the Scrub – ABC Radio, the Tasmanian Tiger
Zone Poetry – Borsec artists’ residency, Transylvania
and in the shop…
Wrecking Ball Press;
(62 seconds of the extinct Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger on film.)
Within the box, it growls, it twists,
scowls through its repertoire of tricks,
ignores the camera – or gurns up close, turns
again, to flop, to gnaw that paw-trapped bone.
It paces out its trap of light; one hundred reps
while hindquarters zither bars of sun;
claws cage’s mesh, hangs stretched
as if to take the measure of itself.
You saw. You see. And what we’ve got is what was shot:
short clips, fragments caught and stitched
together in a loop of black and white.
Nine lives? Not quite. It’s down. It’s out.
It’s on its feet and born again. Like a repetition
compulsion, like… like reincarnated light.