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Photograph of poet Bruce Beaver by John Tranter. R64

Photograph of poet Bruce Beaver, 16 August 1984, by John Tranter. R64

On the Wallaby

As the carnival creatures travel into the cave they take some of the light with them. When they emerge for their brief passage through the upper world, they tell us the stories that give them the energy to live there among the shadows. The sheets of little mirrors don’t tell us anything; they just gather the sunlight.
     The paws are held up for inspection as a horse gallops by into the future, carrying a new kind of poetry on its back.
     The storyteller smiles quietly as he waits, his hands patient and motionless. A dark horse passes silently on the inside rail.