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Libby Hart


My poems have appeared widely in both Australian and international publications, including The Age, Poetry Salzburg Review and Poetry New Zealand. My work has also been broadcast on ABC Radio National. In 2003 I was a recipient of a D J O Hearn Memorial Fellowship at The Australian Centre, University of Melbourne. My first collection of poetry, Fresh News from the Arctic, was published by Interactive Publications in 2006.



Once upon

Once upon a black moon night
the earth stirred itself into remembrance.
There were whispers from trees,
there were sťances in closed-up houses, and
there were glasses gliding over ouija boards.

Once upon a Sunday 
the breath of trees sung in harmony
to their lost leaves, scattered at their ankles.
Such naked souls, they spoke of wisdom.

Once upon a blue September
the clouds packed their bags
for 40 days and 40 nights.
(They returned feeling diminished.)

Once upon a clean-skinned body
sat the hands of a man,
just resting at the heart of his lover.

Once upon a whisper
the lover spoke of that black moon,
spoke of a Sunday of trees,
of a clouded restlessness that filled the room.
She resisted the impulse to move away.







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