today the chilly awareness of grey


today the chilly
awareness of all shades of
grey   cloud grey   mist grey  seagull grey   feather grey
           water grey    wave grey    foam grey
         rock grey     pebble grey    rock crevise grey
           sand grey   shell grey    crushed shell grey
                   has found my senses
at this place today:        kayser’s beach    34km west of
    east london   eastern cape   south Africa   32°58 south
where in the exposed tidal zone

in crushed shell sand

my feet are wriggling itself


©Susan Smith

“There is dual tension at work in […] bioregional poems.  At some moments the poem is an account of the world-as-it-is, at other moments a idiosyncratic self emerges like a sprite.  Yet, the poem announces a concerted effort to write as a way to displace self from phenomenal experience. “   There is a strive “[…] for a poetics in which these two acts – of being, and of ‘letting be’ – work in concert. “  The use of “[…] the journal as a site of poetry, time – marking and framing the place and materials surrounding the writing.  With […] clarity, the here and now surface:  native animals, plants, waters, people, moon and sky interwoven with thoughts, the mind working.  The poem is porous, a duration.  Not a slice of life, but an instance of inhabiting […]a site of ecological being.”

Russo, Linda. (n.d.). Writing Within:  Notes on Ecopoetics as Spacial Practice.  In:  How2, 3(2).

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