Span 37

Journal of the South Pacific Assoc for Cwlth Lit and Language Studies
Number 37, 1993
Yorga Wangi:
Postcolonialism and Feminism

Edited by Anne Brewster, Marion Campbell, Ann McGuire, Kathryn Trees


Alison Georgeson

Measurable Breadth and Depth

They were nothing
but trouble those
diasporan memories

versions of the past
wheels lift off

whispers exilic nostalgia
illuminating images
of return

dense masses fell away
said elsewhere by me

having brought nothing
but limited happiness

an old narrative

inhabiting peripheries
standing in for
an absence of regret

hints toward sonority

smooth transits
insinuates a tone
a nuance

which distils time
into ink


Not that an artefact
mirrors such phenomena
arrays of personae

vibrant vagrant characters
queuing to speak

activating such a voice
of her former allusions

step up here now
hands and bow

It may seem so
in memory
identifying desires

had been in water
for weeks

those contours of knowledge
grafted on word for word
over shifting ground
vistas passing through

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