We’re delighted to give you a sneak peek at Westerly 64.2 ahead of issue release. Along with a host of contributions from across Australia and overseas, the issue features some wonderful Western Australian writing, including this poem from Maureen Gibbons, below. Enjoy!
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cloth of time
i stitch with my mother’s thimble,
feel her rhythms in my finger-tips—needle in, needle out—
see her stitch bridal satins, cumulus chiffon,
threads in, threads out;
see my daughters wear my mother’s thimble,
stitch in random rhythms—threads in, threads out—
see their motifs mirror mine,
marvel as the thimble’s indentations
spiral into fibonacci fields of sunflowers;
heads dipping, seeds slipping,
to dance the slow waltz home.
threads in, threads out . . .
Maureen Gibbons has a Doctorate in Creative Writing from Curtin University of Technology. Her verse-novel The Butter Lady was published in 2016 and her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies.