Contemporary Australian Poetry.
Welcome to High Country by Michael Sharkey
Desert Meditation by Caitlin Maling
Hang a right across these
horizons blown into angles,
this is toothsome transport,
rhino trams a roaring hoard
and the State Library reading room
is a paper plane transit lounge.
Remember your green ticket,
touching ‘on’ and ‘off’ like
an indecisive elevator or
billboards on the blink.
Take my hand and I will leave
boarding passes in your pockets:
the train station asway with clocks
and waterfalls on the radio.
Don’t sweat the small stuff,
the directions home are smudged ink
but you are dilapidated drunk
and the gutters are softly certain.
Rosalind McFarlane is a doctoral candidate with Monash University having previously studied at the University of Western Australia. Her critical work engages with ideas of place, contemporary Asian Australian poetry and depictions of water. She also publishes creative work and is currently part of a collaborative project being written with Siobhan Hodge entitled Speaking Geographies.