Academic journal article Transnational Literature

Present in Makarora Valley, New Zealand

Academic journal article Transnational Literature

Present in Makarora Valley, New Zealand

Article excerpt

Plaintive a roadside lamb

bleats pointier than this here local razor

wire strung to keep it stock not dinner. And traffic. Fabric-

-winged, a crop-duster

zips four-hundred fanfare bucks and their interlocutors

off a goat-mowed grassy runway

a red windsock dangles expectantly near. Sifting wind

kicked up in Texas. A cattle-dog's exhaust(ed), tongue

co-piloting further search for drink

Teen hoons careen in mums' sedans, smashed on claustrophobia

dreaming big for Invercargill. Pickled exhales depress

a clutch for gear, a stone's toss to all neighbours'

place. And into song. Red deer clop on damp top pasture,

character development - fauna onto menu venison

poise well-composed behind strategic pines. And then ... and then! …

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