Type
Poetry

Madingley

I hear no birds at night
through thick concrete
and the lack is critical.

But walking out beyond
M road and A roads,
to a church burial ground

beneath yews and cedars,
a jay is loud with presence
and moves freely across

the grass, between stones.
I close my eyes hard to make
night speak out of sunlight.

 

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John Kinsella is the author of over thirty books. His many awards include the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry, the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry, the John Bray Award for Poetry and the WA Premier’s Award for Poetry (three times). His latest work is a collection co-authored with Charmaine Papertalk Green, False Claims of Colonial Thieves.

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