James Charlton

James Charlton

Melbourne / Australia
James Charlton
Melbourne / Australia
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James Charlton is an Australian poet and writer in the area of interfaith and interreligious studies. Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1947, Charlton has lived mostly in Tasmania. He completed a MA at the University of Cambridge and a PhD at the University of Tasmania. Poetry editor of the Australian literary quarterly Island from 2002 to 2008, he d ...
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Truganini’s Soliloquy
I have known Earth’s texture
like another skin.
All my life I have seen
the unseen entities. Each one
Koonya, Cape Barren Island, 1828
She wore a sheen of possum fat,
ran from the surf with high-up knees,
kept orange starfish in a pool.
She flayed the sky with kelp straps,
On A Day Of Still Heat
In the still heat
a breadfruit ripens:
a multitude of tiny sunspots
mounted on hexagonal platelets,
Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos
Random as rags whooshed off a truck,
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