Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the sixty-first poem in this series. This week’s piece sees the return of freelance critic, poet and scholar Phillip A Ellis.
Recollected in Tranquility
I remember well the well-hidden valley
in the heart of Gippsland. When we came over
the rise of the hill in the morning, holding
the valley was fog, packed deep in its hollow.
This was not too far in time from Traralgon,
but along the southern ways, in the boondocks;
this was when I was young, and was schooling
courtesy of a country bus that rattled.
I remember well that well-hidden valley,
and I dream of it sometimes when I’m sober,
and when I wake I want to erase sorrows
with poetry, resist the goon’s temptation.
Philip tells me “goon” (in the last stanza) is the bladder of a cask of cheap wine, and, by
extension, the wine itself. It’s Australian slang.
Thank you, Phillip. Great to have you back, and beautifully descriptive as always.
Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic, poet and scholar, and his poetry collection, The Flayed Man, has been published by Gothic Press; Gothic Press will also edit a collection of essays on Ramsey Campbell, that he is editing with Gary William Crawford. He is working on another collection, to appear through Diminuendo Press. Another collection has been accepted by Hippocampus Press, which has also published his concordance to the poetry of Donald Wandrei. He is the editor of Melaleuca. He has recently had Symptoms Positive and Negative, a chapbook of poetry about his experiences with schizophrenia, published by Picaro Press.
He can be found at The Cruellest Month: http://the-cruellest-month.blogspot.com
Symptoms Positive and Negative: https://sites.google.com/site/symptomspositiveandnegative.
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