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Carnival Edge: New and Selected Poems

List of Contents

from The Eye's Circle
Shapes within a Pattern / 15

from Passengers to the City
Song for an Unborn / 21
Firstborn / 22
For Julien at Six Weeks / 23
At the Playground / 24
Distances / 25
The Trapeze-Artist's First Performance / 26
Itinerants / 27
Zelda Fitzgerald Practising Ballet / 28
The Survivor / 29
Maldon, Old Mining Town / 30
Homecoming / 32
Wimmera Windscreen / 33
Leaving / 34
Getting the Electricity On / 35
Woman in a Tableau / 36
Chartres Cathedral / 37
The Long Reach Out of War / 38
Unknown Soldier / 39
Dividing-line / 40
Domestic / 41
Momentums / 42
Passengers to the City 43/
The White Boat / 44
Concerning the Fauna / 45
Night in the Suburbs / 46
Kandinsky Journey / 47
The Magic of Hands / 48
November, Bois de Vincennes / 49
Lost / 50

from Fish-Rings on Water
International / 53
Firstborn / 54
A Girl's Head / 55
Nettie Palmer to Frank Wilmot ('Furnley Maurice') / 56
Eastville, 1939 / 58
Relic / 59
Ghosts / 59
Plane-Journey Momentums / 60
Art Class on Observatory Hill, Sydney / 61
Near Keith, South Australia / 62
Scene on the Loire / 63
To Joe: In Memoriam / 63
Homecoming / 64
Alone on a Beach / 66
First Time / 67
The Affair / 68
Lines for an Ex / 69
Poem for the Executioners / 69
Political Prisoners / 70
After Käthe Kollwitz — 'The Face of War' / 71
Girl teasing Cat with Mouse / 72
Tree Planting at Alexandra Park / 73

from Tigers on the Silk Road
1969 / 77
In Memoriam for my Brother / 80
Dancing / 81
Jet Lag / 82
Frost Country / 83
1942 / 85
River Murray Reunion / 86
My Mother's Garden / 88
The Gondola at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Venice / 89
Poem for a Shallot / 90
Reckoning / 91
The Ash Tree / 92
Thirteen / 93
Knebworth Park / 94
A Visit to the War Memorial, Canberra / 95
Slippage / 97
The Lines on Her Palm / 99
Hunger / 100
Poinsettias / 101

from Circus-Apprentice
Entente / 111
Laanecoorie / 112
The Year of the Tree / 114
Hedge / 116
Summer Odyssey / 117
From the Sahel / 119
Winter Hyacinths / 120
Hybrid / 121
Thinking of My Mother on the Anniversary of Her Death / 122
Gwen John swims the Channel / 123
Circus-Apprentice / 124
Keeper / 125
GM Scientist / 126
Tanka for a Hero / 127
Priests / 129
Girl on a Bolting Horse / 130
Nomad / 130
On the Pass from Kathmandu / 131
At Delphi / 132
Love Cinquains / 133
The Lesson / 134
Dancing on the Farm / 135
The Last War / 136
Itinerant / 137
Cloud-eye / 138
After Kandinsky —
Grey Forms (1922) / 139
In the Black Square (1923) / 140
Horizontal (1924) / 140
Contrasting Sounds (1924) / 141
Blue Painting (1924) / 142
Yellow, Red, Blue (1925) / 143
Balancing (1925) / 144
Tension in Red (1926) / 144
Homage to Grohmann (1926) / 145
Counterweights (1926) / 146
Points along the Arc (1927) / 147

New Poems
Biodiversity / 151
Seeing the Hand / 152
Take-off / 153
Fledgling / 154
The Dance / 155
La Fleuraison / 156
South Beach / 158
Manifesto / 159
Nostalgia Sonnet / 160
The Wild Colonial Boys / 161
Au Pays de la Somme / 162
Common Grounds / 163
The View / 164
Genealogy / 165
Soundings / 166
Snow-fire / 168

Biographical Note / 169