By Tim Lilburn, Alison Calder
The chosen poems in wish by no means Leaves span Tim Lilburn’s profession, demonstrating the evolution of a different and cautious philosopher as he's taking his position one of the nation’s optimal writers. This version of his poetry untangles some of the strands operating via his works, delivering perception right into a poetic international that's either outstanding and humbling. The creation through Alison Calder situates Lilburn’s writing in another culture of prairie poetry that is predicated much less at the vernacular and extra on philosophy and meditation. interpreting Lilburn’s antecedents in Christian mysticism and the ascetic culture, Calder stresses the paradoxical nature of Lilburn’s writing—the expression of loss via plenitude. The divine within the flora and fauna is glimpsed in short flashes; however, the poet, pushed via love, keeps his quest for what glitters in issues. Tim Lilburn’s afterword is an evocative meditation grounded in own heritage. He speaks of the way poetry, a craning quiet, permits one to listen to what's alive on the earth. He additionally describes how poetry is resolutely hooked up to either a ancient second and anyone subjectivity that's unavoidably anchored in time. Lilburn’s poetry is either a spiritual project and a political gesture that speaks to the urgency of situating ourselves the place we are living.
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The grass is a mirror that clouds as the bright look goes in. You stay in the night, you squat in the hills in the cave of night. Wait. Above, luminous rubble, torn webs of radio signals. Below, stone scrapers, neck bone of a deer, salt beds. The world is ending. 18 / Desire Never Leaves Contemplation Is Mourning You lie down in the deer’s bed. It is bright with the undersides of grass revealed by her weight during the length of her sleep. No one comes here; grass hums because the body’s touched it.
Tears will take you part of the way back but no further. 20 / Desire Never Leaves ii You wake, say, inside a large mosquito net, you’re away from yourself, older, near a desert perhaps, air cool, dry, cloud of small sand, everything seems far away, North African, night ancient, hard to read, you look through the ﬂap and see something bent toward a ﬁre, sparks low round it, stocky, sitting on its man-calves, force, tiptoed. It is desire. Yes, adding stick after stick, it seems, managing in its naked hands the reins of occurrence, charioteering the will-horses of night.
Granada is a law unto herself, proudly becomes whatever she wishes, yearns for anything past or passing. ” If someone loses a gazelle in green meadows he screams “Granada is my land. ” Sing so goldﬁnches can build stairways to heaven from my ribs! Afterword / 45 Sing the chivalry of men meeting death moon by moon in the beloved’s alleyway. Sing garden birds stone by stone! O how I love you, who cut me down sinew by sinew on the road to her hot night. ” Sing my migration from the cooing mourning doves on your knee from the spirit’s nest in the letters of your liquid name.