In the darkroom
Images – agile birds – pressed
Banish dust from studio and spirit;
Imitate the voice of water.
black and white. The seeds
Edged in black
On the clearest day mythmakers
The wind sighs from the south.
Too many freckles on the noses
their knitted caps too warm to wear.
Hennaed mermaids plunge into the dioxin sea,
Clairvoyants search for the bank of snow
In a hole in an Antarctic Beech –
Julie Chevalier’s poems and short stories have appeared in Southerly, Island, Overland, BlueDog, Poetrix, and famous reporter. Her poem, ‘Women of Antiquity 2002’, was co-runner up for Overland magazine’s Judith Wright Prize for New and Emerging Poets, 2008. She teaches poetry at the NSW Writers Centre and the Sydney WEA. and has recorded with The River Road Poetry Series. Art and photography are re-occurring themes in her writing.