Jan 27, 2015

Sawtooth Poem #22

Notes from the inland
Poem by: Louise Oxley
Inspired byThe notes by Troy Ruffels as part of the Sawtooth ARI Fundraiser
August 2014

Troy Ruffels, The Notes (2014) Edition 12 Variable dimensions 60x60/107x107cm, digital print on aluminium. Courtesy of Bett Gallery.


When he goes into that country,

a man loses his thinking

- Patrick Mung Mung



A tree opens

a crack in the landscape –


stars bolt from daybreak

and earth themselves in the underworld.


Look long enough

and creatures will emerge from the walls


to spin webs of coppery light

over tussock and spinifex,


cloud will rise and run

from the smouldering fire-stick


of the sun-woman,

long-eared bat will flap out of the gorge.


I will sit here

until the day’s last cockatoo has screeched,


sand frog has dug himself out

and sinks to his belly in a rockhole,


the moon-man has torched the hills

and taken back the stars


and I have held my tongue long enough

to lose the names


I have learned this country with