Published in Overland Issue 202 Autumn 2011 Main Posts / Writing Ash-brie’s Old Blue Stuart Cooke for the Hillbillies stripping by the river’s old- gum language we lick the ash of brie from abysses between teeth invite licks a return to favourites to ri sing up with the smoke of strings strummed in the soil keys the churning current the mutual slap of skins whitening wildening of the walkers heightening the chomp of throat biscuits in the wooden smoke:_______ Kate’s interluding the lush messing speaks bush the being is ea(r)t(h) rotten paddies flat – ter sign – ing the sigh tolls for whom your wettening whorls when we stop we grow silent we are the photos taken by the old blue guitar Stuart Cooke Stuart Cooke’s latest chapbook, Departure into Cloud, was published by Vagabond Press in 2013. His full-length collection is Edge Music (IP, 2011). He is a lecturer in creative writing and literary studies at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. More by Stuart Cooke Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?