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The Possibility of Flight

The Possibility of Flight by Lia Hills
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Winner of the 2008 IP Picks Best Poetry Award Poetry at the cutting edge of contemporary writing The poems in Lia Hills’ first collection journey from ‘artesian memories’ of the Australian desert to the ‘shifting territory of the gods’ in rural Pakistan, as they glide with a wing shift between love, language and faith.
IP (Interactive Publications); August 2012
80 pages; ISBN 9781921869754
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Title: The Possibility of Flight
Author: Lia Hills
 
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an anatomy of birds You found it in the humus of emergent things, its feather skull one hundredth of its skyborne weight, grey treasure gone, keel clung to its breast no longer obliged to guide and pitch, your fingers, still with their flesh, decadent against this picked white, your density fondling its hollowness, the cavities that once dissected light, one feather fixed to its ladder spine, Jurassic toes coiled to their fate, your hand defies the giant’s requisite to crush, this fragile survey of the possibility of flight. paradigm at night I rise to gather lost words they collect in edges these invisible demons make for consequential myth I could ride the rise of the bête-noire crusade against language it’s lyric I seek but not in an a cappella of newsprint crystal ball rhetorician’s tool the proof in the unhappening the raw mix entends-tu le glas qui sonne? as dawn crawls it’s dust I find lament my dissociation of sensibility on a molecular scale am I to become atomised speak the language of the blind?