Johanna Emeney


Resting Tremor

The last
three pictures
are blurs—
the swift sweep
of cheers,
the freeze-frame
flipbook arch
of head and neck
in laughter.

After all,
this persistence
of visioni:
the fan of one hand
on your knee,
caught out
when the rest
was still.



Johanna Emeney is a poet and teacher who lives on Auckland’s North Shore. She is currently studying for her PhD at Massey University. Jo co-tutors with her friend and colleague Ros Ali at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport.

i Persistence of vision is the phenomenon of the eye by which an afterimage is thought to persist for approximately one twenty-fifth of a second on the retina.