the fist is a mulled gust sliding in
beneath the blue lid half

the land crumbles
and streaks out to the hug the rest
trembles and hauls

itself up on pillars of vine of
gnarled root

to billow and bend
weather-beaten and littoral a little      moist in the folds

what can’t flex snaps everything’s soaked    on
and on it goes
fluking squalls

cussing about      curious about
nothing intent
on roll and the land

in all directions    grass green riverine     bobbling up into hills
frantically disguising itself

with trails of charismatic geographies
until the squeeze
of the periphery      where

it all links together again      a ring
forming       thinner than light

a ring       around a vast open        verging
on volume
before it grows hazy
and shivers a little


Stuart Cooke

Author: Stuart Cooke

Stuart Cooke was born in 1980 and grew up in Sydney and Hobart, Australia. His poetry, essays and translations have been published widely in Australia, the USA and the UK. He is the winner of the 2012 Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize, and the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a 2012 Asialink Writing Fellowship to the Philippines. Stuart's first full-length collection, Edge Music (IP), was published in 2011. He has also published a chapbook, Corrosions (Vagabond, 2010), and a selection of his newer work, 'Approach', appears in Triptych Poets 2 (Blemish, 2011). Forthcoming in 2013 is a critical work, Speaking the Earth's Languages: a theory for postcolonial Australian-Chilean poetics (Rodopi), and a new chapbook of poems, Departure into Cloud (Vagabond). He lectures in creative writing and literary studies at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.