Tuesday, 7 February 2017

S (February)

'Golden Summer, Clarendon' (1983) John Olsen

S is for Sun and from sun serpentine rays cut sand and shelter of sandbanks. Sun turns sapphire, as when eyes close onto sun’s negative, sometime. Sun is bush road, lost orchard of ghost house: crow casts shadow, dog dream-bends on porch. Sun picks up speed, crosses the drowning blue harbour, drops gear through Darlinghurst. Just as in John Olsen (Closing February). His shorthand says S is for Seasons, T is for Tendon, their tendency to curve and grace, to drag the paintbrush, wiggle and widen, sign off with similar familiarity, while pelicans push off, still, and frogs translate Basho.

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