'field notes for love poems'


detail, flickering in the picture

where homelands seed
in the creaselines, placed

in the violet lucidity
of the dawning photograph,

edge frays in the waves,
they undo, and do

your face, recalcitrant line
where eyes can rest

aligning immanence
and momentary presence,

these bleached image fields
where the sky goes on


approaching close listening

stammer in actualities, greens
& subject's continuance,

river line threaded towards Taieri,
the gear shift of speaking

unwinding the catalogue
to simple nouns

hanging against clouds
as portals, vanishing points

carved in the ear's longing
an empty traintrack

a note repeating: a-a-a