Contemporary Australian Poetry
Deviation Road by Rachael Mead
Overflow by Charlotte Guest
Everything comes up to hit you,
is contained in that moment
of lingering by the photo.
The photo is silent, of course,
but the wave sound is in it,
or some whoosh of time’s backwards wash
disorienting as being dumped in the rough,
and with a colour, or colours,
of a day lost by water.
All the characters can say for sure
is that she was a crap driver,
is that perhaps on that day
she was not careful;
and that she is missed,
irrevocably, all these years set by
with the bric-a-brac on the sideboard.
Lucy Dougan's books include White Clay (Giramondo), Meanderthals (Web del Sol) and
The Guardians (Giramondo); and her prizes The Mary Gilmore Award and The Alec Bolton Award. She works for the Westerly Centre at UWA and as poetry editor for the journal Axon: Creative Explorations. She holds a PhD from UWA concerning representations of the city