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Request To A Year by Judith Wright

Request To A Year by Judith Wright

If the year is meditating a suitable gift, I should like it to be the attitude of my great- great- grandmother, legendary devotee of the arts, who having eight children and ...

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Naked Girl And Mirror by Judith Wright

Naked Girl And Mirror by Judith Wright

This is not I. I had no body once- only what served my need to laugh and run and stare at stars and tentatively dance on the fringe of foam and wave and sand and sun. Eyes ...

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Drought Year by Judith Wright

Drought Year by Judith Wright

That time of drought the embered air burned to the roots of timber and grass. The crackling lime-scrub would not bear and Mooni Creek was sand that year. The dingo's cry was ...

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Woman To Child by Judith Wright

Woman To Child by Judith Wright

You who were darkness warmed my flesh where out of darkness rose the seed. Then all a world I made in me; all the world you hear and see hung upon my dreaming blood. There moved ...

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Metho Drinker by Judith Wright

Metho Drinker by Judith Wright

Under the death of winter's leaves he lieswho cried to Nothing and the terrible nightto be his home and bread. 'O take from methe weight and waterfall ceaseless Timethat batters ...

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South Of My Days by Judith Wright

South Of My Days by Judith Wright

South of my days' circle, part of my blood's country,rises that tableland, high delicate outlineof bony slopes wincing under the winter,low trees, blue-leaved and olive, ...

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The Bull by Judith Wright

The Bull by Judith Wright

In the olive darkness of the sally-treessilently moved the air from night to day.The summer-grass was thick with honey daisieswhere he, a curled god, a red Jupiter,heavy with ...

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Legend by Judith Wright

Legend by Judith Wright

The blacksmith's boy went out with a rifleand a black dog running behind.Cobwebs snatched at his feet,rivers hindered him,thorn branches caught at his eyes to make him blindand ...

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Sonnet For Christmas by Judith Wright

Sonnet For Christmas by Judith Wright

I saw our golden years on a black gale,our time of love spilt in the furious dust.'O we are winter-caught, and we must fail,'said the dark dream, 'and time is overcast.'-And woke ...

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Magpies by Judith Wright

Magpies by Judith Wright

Along the road the magpies walkwith hands in pockets, left and right.They tilt their heads, and stroll and talk.In their well-fitted black and white.They look like certain ...

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Five Senses by Judith Wright

Five Senses by Judith Wright

Now my five sensesgather into a meaningall acts, all presences;and as a lily gathersthe elements together,in me this dark and shining,that stillness and that moving,these shapes ...

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Bora Ring by Judith Wright

Bora Ring by Judith Wright

The song is gone; the danceis secret with the dancers in the earth,the ritual useless, and the tribal storylost in an alien tale.Only the grass stands upto mark the dancing-ring; ...

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The Surfer by Judith Wright

The Surfer by Judith Wright

He thrust his joy against the weight of the sea;climbed through, slid under those long banks of foam--(hawthorn hedges in spring, thorns in the face stinging).How his brown ...

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Failure Of Communion by Judith Wright

Failure Of Communion by Judith Wright

What is the space between, enclosing us in one united person, yet dividing each alone. Frail bridges cross from eye to eye, from flesh to flesh, from word to word: the net is ...

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Egrets by Judith Wright

Egrets by Judith Wright

Once as I travelled through a quiet evening, I saw a pool, jet-black and mirror-still. Beyond, the slender paperbarks stood crowding; each on its own white image looked its fill, ...

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Bullocky by Judith Wright

Bullocky by Judith Wright

Beside his heavy-shouldered teamthirsty with drought and chilled with rain,he weathered all the striding yearstill they ran widdershins in his brain:Till the long solitary ...

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Blue Arab by Judith Wright

Blue Arab by Judith Wright

The small blue Arab stallion dances on the hilllike a glancing breaker, like a storm rearing in the sky,In his prick-ears,the wind, that wanderer and spy,sings of the dunes of ...

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The Old Prison by Judith Wright

The Old Prison by Judith Wright

The rows of cells are unroofed, a flute for the wind's mouth, who comes with a breath of ice from the blue caves of the south. O dark and fierce day: the wind like an angry bee ...

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All Things Conspire by Judith Wright

All Things Conspire by Judith Wright

All things conspire to hold me from you –even my love,since that would mask you and unname youtill merely woman and man we live.All men wear arms against the rebel –and they are ...

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The Trains by Judith Wright

The Trains by Judith Wright

Tunnelling through the night, the trains passin a splendour of power, with a sound like thundershaking the orchards, wakingthe young from a dream, scattering like glassthe old ...

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Turning Fifty by Judith Wright

Turning Fifty by Judith Wright

Having known war and peaceand loss and finding,I drink my coffee and waitfor the sun to rise,With kitchen swept, cat fed,the day will quiet,I taste my fifty yearshere in the ...

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Northern River by Judith Wright

Northern River by Judith Wright

When summer days grow harshmy thoughts return to my river,fed by white mountain springs,beloved of the shy bird, the bellbird,whose cry is like falling water.O nighted with the ...

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Lyrebirds by Judith Wright

Lyrebirds by Judith Wright

Over the west side of the mountain, that’s lyrebird country. I could go down there, they say, in the early morning, and I’d see them, I’d hear them. Ten years, and I have never ...

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Late Spring by Judith Wright

Late Spring by Judith Wright

The moon drained white by day lifts from the hill where the old pear-tree fallen in storm springs up in blossom still. Women believe in the moon: this branch I hold is not more ...

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The Killer by Judith Wright

The Killer by Judith Wright

The day was clear as fire,the birds sang frail as glass,when thirsty I came to the creekand fell by its side in the grass.My breast on the bright mossand shower-embroidered ...

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Train Journey by Judith Wright

Train Journey by Judith Wright

Glassed with cold sleep and dazzled by the moon,out of the confused hammering dark of the trainI looked and saw under the moon's cold sheetyour delicate dry breasts, country that ...

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The Company Of Lovers by Judith Wright

The Company Of Lovers by Judith Wright

We meet and part now over all the world;we, the lost company,take hands together in the night, forgetthe night in our brief happiness, silently.We, who sought many things, throw ...

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Woman To Man by Judith Wright

Woman To Man by Judith Wright

The eyeless labourer in the night,the selfless, shapeless seed I hold,builds for its resurrection day---silent and swift and deep from sightforesees the unimagined light.This is ...

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Trapped Dingo by Judith Wright

Trapped Dingo by Judith Wright

So here, twisted in steel, and spoiled with redyour sunlight hide, smelling of death and fear,they crushed out your throat the terrible songyou sang in the dark ranges. With what ...

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The Sisters by Judith Wright

The Sisters by Judith Wright

In the vine-shadows on the veranda;under the yellow leaves, in the cooling sun,sit two sisters. Their slow voices runlike little winter creeks, dwindled by frost and wind,and the ...

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To A Child by Judith Wright

To A Child by Judith Wright

When I was a child I sawa burning bird in a tree.I see became I am,I am became I see.In winter dawns of frostthe lamp swung in my hand.The battered moon on the slopelay like a ...

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Sonnet by Judith Wright

Sonnet by Judith Wright

Now let the draughtsman of my eyes be done marking the line of petal and of hill. Let the long commentary of the brain be silent. Evening and the earth are one, and bird and tree ...

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