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Graham Lindsay

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Writing draws off from speech. The writer
having finally arrived
at the shore of the dead straddles a gulf

one foot in the world
the other in emptiness
a ventriloquist’s dummy jawing on

about life, consciousness, the universe
led on by language
and paper and pen –

turangawaewae of the printed word – toward
an image inside an image, or
an image around an image:

the microscope a kind of telescope.
The eternally and infinitely shy recedes
from our gaze.


From Legend of the Cool Secret (Christchurch: Sudden Valley Press, 1999)
© Graham Lindsay

Last updated 23 December, 2003