cobalt (Jordie Albiston)

Verity La Heightened Talk

Co–nclusion: following find in 1982 by local sponge diver Mehmed Çakir & 11 campaigns {over 22 000 descends} the Uluburun drowned in the Mediterranean
Sea at the end of the 14th century BC {see golden scarab inscribed ‘Nefertiti’} &
amongst other treasures of this Late Bronze Age trove    a single ingot of pure
blue glass    proving such perfectness lasts

             from Persia & Pompeii to Tang & Ming to the Congo & Zambia belt    you
             are my plenary blue    at rest upon fingers    tables of kings    you make love
             with eyes    make cats made of stone stare back    this is when I love you best              one stable isotope    11 meta states    a church where the Virgin locks out shock              & we’re safe    but sometimes the door divorces its hinge & Kobold the Goblin              gets a foot in    o wobbly-wobbly-precarious-psyche    stories packed with dirty              bomb endings    everything starts to turn black    sometimes you weep    way              down within & your tears fall silent like gamma ray ash    your grief can wipe
             out the world    sometimes you wail like a doomsday device    emit a steady sad-
             sad pulse    but you always mend & you always return    & you always remind
             no matter how hurt that “Mutual Assured Destruction” spells the word/world              mad


Jordie Albiston has published nine poetry collections and a handbook on poetic form.

Albiston possesses an ongoing pre-occupation with mathematical constructs and constraints, and the possibilities offered in terms of poetic structure. Her work has won many awards, including the Mary Gilmore Award and the 2010 NSW Premier’s Prize. She lives in Melbourne.