a different brew the sun is shining Australian blue outside has a crisp shell inside by the window is soft-centred nougat I walk down the street past whipped lawns to the creek where I sit on a rock by the water and watch the birds soar along the flyway on the way home I forage for fallen leaves peppermint, cinerea and grevillea and gather acacia pods to use in my dye pot then I cook up a brew a soup of leaves sandwiched between tiles to release their colour leave their shape on paper I iron the dry paper turn it into covers for books add a signature of five pages or so and bind it all together with linen thread when I’ve finished I’ll put the book in an envelope with a note and send it to you so you can write a poem binding threads it may look like a note book with a cardboard cover and spine stitched together with thread it may look like a place where you can write down your thoughts and feelings it may look like a journal with patterned end papers and smooth, blank pages it may look like an invitation to sketch your day and draw your life of course you are right — it is all these things and more it is a gift to you filled with love in every stitch it is a gift to you crafted with care in every choice each page holds how highly I regard you and how much you mean to me if you want to use it as a journal or notebook that’s fine but I know the love will seep through the paper and into your skin as you write because love is like that — nothing can hold it once it has been set free Catching Some Zeds I was going to write a poem for this issue — really I was. But I was exhausted from lockdown and holding a family together so I had a nap instead.
Indrani Perera is a Sri Lankan/German/Australian poet and maker living and working on Wurrundjeri Country. She is the creator of the Poets’ Express e-mail newsletter, founder of The Pocketry Almanack print journal and host of the Pocketry Presents podcast. Indrani is also the author of Promote Your Poetry and the poetry collections Defenestration and Pas De Deux. You can find her at www.indraniperera.com.