The Professor and The Unnamed Stalk the Post-Apocalyptic Wilderness (Toby Davidson)

Posted on October 16, 2015 by in Heightened Talk

FullSizeRenderSo much is silent beyond sand and men

with pronouncements, low strains whipping

at our boots. Furs, exposed skin slipping

from precedence quietly when

fierceness can’t stand the pathogen

of recollection’s ravenous gripping.

Now we hunt lizards, re-arming, re-equipping,

in this arrestedness once called unbroken.

We surface no more to the grey names of lovers

yet hear their love, miniature as a shadow

under heretical ruins of the plateau

where, pronged or bladed, allure recovers

a beauty which misses us as we did oxygen.



Toby Davidson is a lecturer in Australian literature at Macquarie University. He is the editor of Francis Webb’s Collected Poems (UWA Publishing, 2011) and author of the critical study Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry (2013), part of New York publisher Cambria Press’s landmark Australian literature series. His debut collection is Beast Language (Five Islands Press, 2012).