Title: Sport 40: 2012

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, 2014, Wellington

Part of: Sport

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Sport 40: 2012

Catherine Vidler

page 92

Catherine Vidler


This poem tried on
a garrulous fountain,

its big-deal diamonds,
the way it fell apart, and

adhered to the path
with the spillage of light,

its slippery leaves,
how nice it was to me;

But now it appears

there’s an owl amongst
the meadowlarks,

! an owl inside every
meadowlark !

and they aren’t known for knowledge
for nothing.

page 93

Poem after reading Yang Mu

Between trees, fantasies of air.


A sparrow pecks
at the room’s ripe

interior, as you begin

to populate a beach
from memory:

     sky’s wasteland,
     bristling sea,
     rock pools’ cogent analyses.

Light trudges over pale sand.

Wind-prisms shift
in the taller dunes.


You gather yourself,

a tremulous shore.


In the sky, a flying triangle
of birds.