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 in collection The Secret Frontiers, Enitharmon, 2008

 

Wearing Your Homeland

 

Would that have been you

I saw once in virtual space

moving across a pitiless empty quarter?

The dunes obliterate the frontiers

the haboob  the great wind  comes

to obliterate the roads and destinations

all of you walking to…

 

here you are — you’ve brought

a placeless place of scouring light

the shade-less shadow under the sun

midday that drains all colour from the land

till dusk refills it with cinnabar and madder

and the clothes you’re swathed in here

are orange, ochre, patterned henna

at this cash-point; a frontier between us.

I can’t read you yet, nor you me.

 

Judy Gahagan

 

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collections -
"Equinoctial",
2014,
Littoral Press;

"The Secret Frontiers",
2008
and
"Night Calling",
2003,
Enitharmon;

"Crossing the No-Man's Land", Flambard Press, 1999

long narrative -
"Tours around the Soul of Ludwig";
Erste Auflage

pamphlets - "Ghosting the Cities" and "When the Whole Mood Changed", Artemis

short stories - "Did Gustav Mahler Ski?", New Directions.

 


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