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Snake Weather: A Summer Renga (part iv)

Snake Weather has stretched its full length… it was a wonderful experience working with such a diversity of voices and watching how each poet shifted the energy of the poem. It is a renga that I feel deserves repeated reads, so I have included the links to parts i, ii and iii here so that you can take it all in. There is much to enjoy!

Snake Weather (part i)
Snake Weather (part ii)
Snake Weather (part iii)

Snake Weather
A Summer Kasen Renga
Started: February 10, 2013 – Finished: April 14, 2013

Written by / between:
David S, Andy S, Cindy K, Katherine B, Chris L, Trish R, John W, Helen R, Andrew P

Moon CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

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gloves no longer needed
fingertips   cigarettes   pink

DS

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Easter moon
in one hand
a beer and a crucifix

AS

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raking red ficus berries
she considers a change in lipstick

CK

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cold wind
not noticing
her silences

GN

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inside the cavern
our eyes adjust

CL

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wooden beat
of her walking stick
missing

TR

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at High Copse the robin left him
cutting an ash sapling

JW

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A quick shower
cherry blossom petals
carpet the sidewalk

HR

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both of them arrive late
to the opening matinée

AP

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Snake Weather: A Summer Renga (part iii)

As I post this, Snake Weather is crawling off on its final leg… so for now, please enjoy this third phase of the renga written by David Stavanger, Andy Smerdon, Cindy Keong, Graham Nunn, Chris Lynch, Trish Reid, John Wainwright, Helen Ross and Andrew Phillips.

CLK Snake Weather

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

he wears shoes to bed
she finds bones in her shoes
Spring cleaning

DS

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bitter hands rip him
from the wedding photo

AS

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again and again
she strikes – the familiar
sound of thunder

CK

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the wild plum
rolls to a stop

GN

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more insects
at the kitchen fluoro
endless rain

CL

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frankincense dusk
just an oud and her voice

TR

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mercury rises
pommie bastards are wet
dreaming of EIIR

JW

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wine stains on the carpet
this broken heart

HR

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electrostatic therapy
shock jumps of laughter
with the nieces

AP

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Snake Weather: A Summer Renga (part ii)

The summer ginko group have now reached the half-way mark of their ginko. Here’s links 10-18 written by / between: David Stavanger, Andy Smerdon, Cindy Keong, Katherine Battersby, Chris Lynch, Trish Reid, John Wainwright, Helen Ross, Andrew Phillips for you to enjoy.

snake weather part ii

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

promotional sale
we buy each other white

DS

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passion fades
in the dune grass
still swimming

AS

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an incoming tide draws
closer the stars

CK

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winter’s bone
the city sleeps
beneath his pale face

KB

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the letter must be written
snowfield at dawn

CL

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expecting a call
from my sister
not feeling hungry

TR

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she waves her pony tail
flies away

JW

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naked
spring buds dress
the branches

HR

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one eye
of the submerged frog

AP

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The Crow: A Summer Renga (part vi)

With this sixth part of our renga, ‘The Crow’ has come to an end. It has been a thrill as always working with Ashley and Cindy; already we are planning an Autumn renga, so watch this space over the coming weeks. For now, enjoy the final flight of The Crow.

Branches Stripped CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

tissues pile up
every branch
stripped bare

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face to face
with the wind

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genealogy is all
you sleep in
a rented suit

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unworn for years
this memory

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clouds pass
the confused heads
of sunflowers

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paperboy on your starlit route
the dark turning into birds

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Snake Weather: A Summer Renga

Our recent ginko through Karawatha Forest has spun off into a summer ginko. The group have been sparking off each other, resulting in some really exciting leaps. Here’s the first quarter of Snake Weather, written by / between: David Stavanger, Andy Smerdon, Cindy Keong, Katherine Battersby, Chris Lynch, Trish Reid, John Wainwright, Helen Ross, Andrew Phillips.

Snake Weather CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

snake weather
he kisses his teenage daughter
on the mouth

DS

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storm clouds hide
an innocent sky

AS

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at the roadside
the empty arms
of a mother

CK

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cane fields watch
with a promise of fire

KB

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she bleeds out
in the back paddock
harvest moon

CL

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red flowers falling
they await the results

TR

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black parrots’ beaks
in the heliconia
skeletons rise from the woods

JW

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limbs entwine
love whispers its melody

HR

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she falls back
breathless into lounge arms
rolling credits

AP

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The Crow: A Summer Renga (part v)

mist rises CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

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funeral procession
seeing more
of my mother

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flamenco
with his ghost

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mist rises
the sound of our
shadows touching

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arm to arm
my son’s first steps

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at the border
a crooked finger
fear of frost

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letter from home
cracked on the fold line

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The Crow: A Summer Renga (part iv)

Bougainvillea blush - clk

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

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drunk again
the blush of
bougainvillea

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that we might have
bigger fires

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Australian quality
stainless steel legs
on the lawn swan

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so deceptive
the neighbour’s manicured nails

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deaccelerate
as a gymnast slips
wetly off the bar

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sun warmed
the orphaned nestling

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