Martin Harrison

(1949 -)

Martin Harrison Poems

1. White-Tailed Deer 12/20/2016
2. Cloud 12/20/2016
3. The Past 12/20/2016
4. "Thoughts spoken out loud...." 12/20/2016
5. Two-Part Variations for Stuart Cooke 12/20/2016
6. White Flowers 12/20/2016
7. The Witnesses 5/8/2012
8. Walking Back From The Dam 5/8/2012
9. Winter Solstice 5/8/2012
10. Yachts At Scotland Island 5/8/2012
11. A Patch Of Grass 5/8/2012
12. Breakfast 5/8/2012
13. Bronzewings With Lightning 5/8/2012
14. Cine 5/8/2012
15. February Night Song 5/8/2012
16. First Glance At A Walking Party, Barrington Tops, C.1895 5/8/2012
17. Isfahan 5/8/2012
18. Ode In April 5/8/2012
19. On The Traditional Way Of Painting 5/8/2012
20. Paddock At Yengo 5/8/2012
21. Red Marine 5/8/2012
22. Remembering Floodwater 5/8/2012
23. Seeing Paddocks 5/8/2012
24. Songs And Verses 5/8/2012
25. Stopping For A Walk In Reserved Land Near Murra Murra 5/8/2012
26. The Red Gum 5/8/2012
27. A Lecture On Focus 5/8/2012

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A Lecture On Focus

All water is dusk, or light blenched. A mauve shade,
some water is so large it fills up the lens,
becoming mere thought occurring here or there
as if in a place which was chosen for it,
on a surface, in a container, inside an edge.

Close-up, green bars of water greet an eye blinking
as it turns transparent, partial, on moving skin.
Here a body lunges on, diminishing, in shocks.
Some water is a mask, the cover of a cave
which has no walls and which flows, unawares,

round points, indentations, grooves, visages.
Surfacing faces look out like people in a ...

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That half-open amber eye fixed on you,
the woman in the kitchen half turning to you —
drowsy tonight, you take in the angles
of chairs, walls, old photos, a painted vase.

There, a heron’s stillness helps it vanish,
wading by a wind-flecked lake.
Outside, car-noise glistening after early rain.
Night’s silence builds its inner ear.

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