Calm and

In the distance he could hear
sound making a right go of it.
His lobes, with all their tucks
and echoes, were like a cat’s footsteps
on a wooden floor.
Together, they would make a bay
of calm and almost-static:
the sound moving out to ear,
his ear reaching out for hear.

Photo by Rory Mearns

Lynley Edmeades has recently completed a doctoral thesis on sound and technology in the avant-garde poetics of Gertrude Stein, John Cage and Caroline Bergvall. Her scholarship and poetry have been published in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Her first collection of poems, As the Verb Tenses (Otago University Press) was shortlisted for the 2016 Bridges of Struga First Book of Poetry Award (Slovenia) and longlisted for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

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Lynleys Otago University Press author page