Peter Boyle and MTC Cronin
Little Book of Trees
Ego of the Leaf
That it dresses the tree. That it strips the tree. That it
That it refuses to fall. In an autumn like summer. That
That it is the purpose of the tree, the summation of life,
The ego of the leaf. That it crumples.
All leaves of all Autumns are keeping a single
The tree, of all living things, has the largest nest.
In breath’s orchard, future is the only fruit.
Trees stumble only when rocks suspect their path.
In the forest of justice, every law burns.
Questions of Vision
On either side a wood of drugged crosses. At its
Sibyl’s leaves, perishable bone oracles of an equally
Spells first, annotations only a distant second.
Does the tree think the moon is merely a theory of the
When a deer reaches the ocean does it still see forests?
Lexicon of the Tree
Roots and branches have been complaining for eons
Trees reach for heaven — leaves remind us of the failure
A valley of scribes like a valley of cicadas. Or a valley of
It is the nature of blossoms to be extreme: object of love
Roots trade pleasantries with subterranean creatures; the
Is the leaf just a fish out of water? (Is the almond tree a
Gathering leaves: a homage to the perishable? An
They fall; they are no more. By night what is gathered
Tree of the Ravine
The branch hears what is called from both sides of the
The ravine cuts the world from under us. A whirlwind
The peregrine falcon nests in the uppermost corner of
A woman who has been abandoned walks into the
Moving into trees
Passing over us
Peter Boyle is a poet and translator of Spanish and French poetry. His sixth collection of poetry, Towns in the Great Desert: New and Selected Poems, appeared in 2013. In 2010 his book Apocrypha (Vagabond Press, 2009) received the Queensland Premier’s Prize. With MTC Cronin he is the author of the book of collaborative poems How Does a Man Who Is Dead Reinvent His Body? The Belated Love Poems of Thean Morris Caelli (Shearsman).
MTC Cronin has published eighteen books (poetry, prose poems and essays) including a collection jointly written with the Australian poet Peter Boyle. Several of her books have appeared in translation including her 2001 book, Talking to Neruda’s Questions, which has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Swedish. Early 2009 saw the publication of Squeezing Desire Through a Sieve: Micro-Essays on Judgement & Justice (Puncher & Wattmann, Sydney) and Irrigations (of the Human Heart): Fictional Essays on the Poetics of Living, Art & Love (Ravenna Press, USA). Her work has won and been shortlisted for many major literary awards, both internationally and in her native Australia. Her latest poetry collection, The World Last Night [Metaphors for Death] was published in 2012 by University of Queensland Press. A new collection — The Law of Poetry — is forthcoming through Puncher & Wattmann.