From west to east the body waits, Performing hue, and White on White

Anne Frances Elvey


"From west to east the body waits" is a poem dealing with place and embodiment in Australia, making reference both to climate and (post) colonial relationships with Country.

"Performing hue" touches on predation, relationship to place, especially for women places like paths through scrub that might be unsafe where they may be preyed on in other ways, and the use by non-Aboriginal writers of metaphor relating to Aboriginal cultural artefacts and practices.

"White and White" explores whiteness through a family history of invasion told in simple four-line stanzas.


poetry; ecopoetics; place; Australia

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