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these are a series of attempts,
using all the resources of language at my command
to encompass enormities of various sorts

most are lyrical,
some satirical...but all, somehow, exceed the more prosaic
& intellectual tools that suffice - however imperfectly -
in the essays

The division - of course - is artificial,
and would (rightly) have horrified Montaigne,
the great 16th century humanist who pioneered the essay form
as "a picture of myself", informed by deep
learning and reflection.

38. endtimes I
37. alone
36. can we not love
35. filth
34. communication
33. open/land
32. desired/desirous
31. a sunday
30. to an unknown
29. Kirkbrae
28. cradle games
27. of abattoirs & such
26. best practice
25. the people in the dump
24. first peoples
23. the Apotheosis of John Howard
22. dreaming malmsbury
21. hedges
20. woolshed
19. an invitation to dance
18. thumb fun
17. a fairytale for the investing classes
16. andrena
15. blood red rain
14. please, take this personally
13. cania
12. a paen to waste
11. past unredeemed
10. cousin jim
9. roads & stones
8. eviction
7. ransom script
6. dianne
5. pitchfork twin
4. bird on a wire
3. form letter
2. trenches
1. no through roads