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David Adès

Quest

Stillness:

the inland sea
explorer after explorer

died to find.

David Adès is an Australian poet whose most recent book Afloat in Light is available through UWA Publishing at https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/afloat-in-light.

David Adès

On the Cusp of Another Birthday 

Shopping again
at the Department Store of Loss —

pockets full of the currency of memory —

I talk to myself to breach the silence,
marveling

at how the stock has grown

though nothing is on sale here,
nothing is free,

and at how easy it is

to fill my shopping bags
with absences,

how hard

not to walk out the door
without leaving my heart on a shelf.

David Adès is an Australian poet whose most recent book ‘Afloat in Light’ is available through UWA Publishing at https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/afloat-in-light.

David Adès

Invisibility Cloak

In bed, I feel her body right there,
the firmness of it imprinting shape into mattress,

her breathing, the flapping wings of her lungs —

so it takes years for me to understand
that she shimmers like a hologram,

a love I can pass my hands through,

and what I think I know of her
is not knowledge at all,

not even approximation or semblance,

that for all the words, the language,
the mingling of bodies,

she is a ghost, a wraith

I move towards with all my yearning,
a mirage in the desert,

a watering hole from which I will never drink.

David Adès is an Australian poet whose most recent book Afloat in Light is available through UWA Publishing at https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/afloat-in-light.