poetry month

have decided to collate in one place my experimental haiku-style poems, from the making of the recent saltscapes series, written May 17th to June 17th 2009…


from salt and earth,
i made a dystopian green with envy
and chemistry smiled, slyly…

May 17th, 2009


the ashes sighed,
mourning the old flame,
murmuring, if only…

May 18th, 2009


a bloodshot sky
hand in hand,
we returned cautiously…

May 19th, 2009


in a waterlogged eden,
the birds took flight
on sensing the eyes of strangers…

May 20th, 2009


through a grimy haze,
all burnt golden, mouth glistening black
faces, charred by an obese sun…

May 21st, 2009


the haze cleared, a crystalline sky,
salt lakes and tidal pools
melted, into the silvered silt…

May 22nd, 2009


a disaster area
belches black
fury inflamed…

May 25th,  2009


in ore, the chromium mire
life lies, sleeping
slowly mineralised…

May 29th, 2009


the melting cavern,
into saline pools
it plinked, dyspepsia…

May 30th, 2009


limestone rocks
salt trails a scar
in time, healed…

May 31st, 2009


underground, a stream,
of consciousness
where perception flows…

June 6th, 2009

saltscape painting by jazz green
bruised rouge, to grey
clodded clay,
clawed deep, the way…

June 10th, 2009

saltscape 11 painting by jazz green, artist
a rockscape moulded
vestigial traces, marks
the slippery way out…

June 11th, 2009

saltscape painting on panel by jazz green
stepping on stones, skipping
the sedimental slabs, water blackened
striated, to the shore…

June 15th, 2009


abraded, by seawater and salt
coarse skin, furrowed then frowned
at a more polished reflection…

June 17th, 2009

2 Comments

  1. nadine
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    just fantastic! i love all your work!
    but how do you make small indentations in the “the melting cavern…”

  2. nadine
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    sorry, I meant pitting