My father’s complete works of Emerson taped up at the edges sits on the shelf by my desk its heavy green covers bible-thin pages whisper to me of the quiet evenings of his reading an angled lamp gas fire volume on knees pencil tucked behind ear like a bookie I’m tracing the mark of his fingers a quiet turning of thoughts where thickets of woods might give way to the surprising clearings of what can be said and what can sometimes be given hand to worn hand along these verdant paths
Rose Lucas is a Melbourne poet and academic at Victoria University. She is the author of 5 poetry collections, the most recent being This Shuttered Eye (2021). She is also the editor of the recent Lockdown Poetry: The Covid Long Haul. She is Foundation Editor at Liquid Amber Press. Her next collection, Increments of the Everyday will be published by Puncher and Wattman in 2022.