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Leaf and Stone
Author: Margaret West

ISBN: 9781921556326
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 1 April 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 12.0 x 0.6
Every day there is a journey: to bring in the morning paper, to pull out a few weeds, to put out the garbage, to water newly planted seedlings, to feed scraps to the birds.These journeys appear routine, unremarkable, but each brings some event or aspect of the world into sharp focus - apparently insignificant, on the surface, trivial, perhaps, but bearing its own import and carrying subtle echoes of own existence. Outside, things appear then disappear. Bud, burgeon, fall, rot. Something then nothing. Every day there is evidence of this. A petal has fallen. Here is a feather. There the remains of a bird, on its back, claws grasping the chill air. A gnat struggles in a spider-web. In the fierce wind branches fracture, lie akimbo. Twigs scatter. The ground is littered with leaves.It would be easy to view the species that inhabit the small realm of the garden - both flora and fauna - as preoccupied with beginnings and endings; to ignore the unrelenting continuum, the diurnal and nocturnal, the seasonal, the annual cycles. These poems, observe, with gratitude, the grace with which the natural world accepts each small event - events which, were they to occur to us, we, in our conceit, mig...

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