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 Capital of  the minimal
R o b   A l l a n

from Karitane Postcards


Tune your ears to get rid of ideas
is that rain?
those barely tangible attentions.
I wanted to talk to the old people in the valley
but I had no time
landscape rushing out of me
seems to say it all
they are all indoors as Autumn deepens
along the ridges sub-tropical rainforest
bush with sycamore and boxthorn
all kinds of talk
and evasion at a local level     Mihiwaka
the mountain itself named after the first shopkeeper
Mrs. Walker     a quiescent volcano misrepresented
people who cannot step back far enough
to get a decent look.     

[Karitane Postcards, Hazard Press, 1991]

  Rob Allan 2004


Last updated 11 July, 2004