The emptied bridge by Jackson

The emptied bridge explores isolation, connection, and landscapes internal and external. It is a wide-ranging collection that plays throughout with form, rhythm and technique. The poems are infused with intelligence, humour and a deep longing. Sometimes the language is haikuesque, delicate and light, sometimes it is philosophical or matter-of-fact, and often it is charged and raw. Jackson’s distinct voice captures the poignancy of loss and hope and the consolations of music, nature and colour. Edgy, visceral and muscular, The emptied bridge bravely carries its reader through experiences of shadow and light. Julie Watts (Legacy, UWA Publishing 2018, winner of the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript)

The alkali cleansing

In this forest I smell
the leaves, always the leaves,
their eucalyptus breath
But not today

Today I smell, dark but not dirty,
the alkali cleansing

of charcoal and ash

I hear not beaks, not bright feathers, only
the baritone wind

and my soft alto heart

I taste not smoke, not now, but fire-dust
surrounded and spent

in the wet film on my tongue

Rain is coming

I smell the negative charge
Rain is coming

Rain is coming and I feel

the fire-sprung seeds
making ready


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