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Three poems from Vanishing Points

By November 8, 2018March 29th, 2024No Comments
© Tom Moody

© Tom Moody

carina / the keel

Macoute slips off the wall and rests

a moment on one of the leather chairs below

the flag he’s got swallows on the wire

KERERŪ AEROBATICS above the cliff

and his own white noise to insert

between the London planes he is the tree

in the view he holds up one arm

against the falling sun he is the child

you caught on the print the plan scribbled

once on the back of an envelope TŪĪ WINGBEAT

over the house where Macoute sits thinking

in a leather chair and above him

a white space sand in the footbath

whisky under the stars

Macoute has long ears but he cannot

always see where he is going and tonight

will bring the Geminids overhead

in a dark sky without a trace of light

twenty-two steps to the door six between

door and throughway nine from the bed

to the back door count them and be sure

use your hands and your feet Macoute

down from the wall and moving silently

among the sleepers in the house



chamaeleon / the chameleon

lizard fingers enter the house saying

you drew me out of darkness you set me against

the evening sky I flutter I tremble

my tail is the lost curve of the kiore moana

the little horse in flight the tin fish by the window

and clearest of all mirror image of my hand

in silhouette dreamed out of darkness

and the voices of children a long way off singing


the river the estuary the mudflats

lizard and seahorse you drew me out of darkness




telescopium / the telescope

a notebook carried through the forest

a notebook kept in a saddle bag

a notebook close to a candle flame

a notebook taken over the river

a notebook looked at from the other side

a notebook humming

a notebook consulted a notebook put aside

a notebook set down in a clearing

a notebook taken up with praise

a notebook counting in twelves

constitutive of bush honey and the lunar rainbow

a notebook translated a notebook compared

a notebook carried to the library

Michele Leggott

Michele Leggott lectures in poetry at the University of Auckland, where she also coordinates the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc). In 2008, Michele became New Zealand's first Poet Laureate, and in 2013 she received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry. 'carina / the keel', 'chamaeleon / the chameleon', and 'telescopium / the telescope' can be found in Vanishing Points (AUP, 2017), Michele's most recent collection.