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Nicola Easthope

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Kiriwhakapapa

 

We make our dairy in the river:

blue milk, cheese and salted butter

 

in plastic, curd in vacuum-pack.

We set them in the rocks and water

 

duck in under peeling fuchsia.

In these reaches, all is clear.

 

Wash in marble sun and shadow

brush our teeth in wind-shirred hollows

 

racing sticks and cardboard ships

with gravel ballast, tipping, flipping

 

down, the gorge skims to the farmer

whose country lies in the river.

 
 
 
 
Nicola Easthope’s first collection of poetry leaving my arms free to fly around you, was published by Steele Roberts in 2011. Her second manuscript, Working the Tang, is currently being iced and candled. Life would be a lot more stressful without Dilmah tea, rice milk, bananas and Brazil nuts.

 

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