Riding back in the dusk (Anne M Carson)

Malmsbury, Victoria

There’s no black like
the black of trees
silhouetted against sunset;
matt, boot-black black.

Baked-on Bakelite black,
back-lit by the sky’s citrus
tones – mandarin, orange
and lemon morphing
into persimmon-red,
magenta. The colours
zing into the sky, into
the eager eye. Light flares
out as through an aperture,
intensified by restriction.

Tonight, riding in tandem
through the blazing dark,
we’re on the threshold,
peering into a lit room
through a horizon-long
chink of light. Later,
liminal, bodies blazing,
we move in tandem
in that illuminated room.

Anne M Carson has been published in the USA, Ireland, France and widely in Australia. Her first collection, Removing the Kimono, was published by Hybrid Publishers in 2013.  She  has a particular interest in collaboration and has worked with a dancer, pianist, keyboard player and harpist. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize. As a Creative Writing Therapist she has edited three books. She teaches Poetry Writing and Appreciation to adults.