Stephen Oliver

In the Blink



Drought is the story of absences, equidistant

and everywhere—hills tawny, baked brown as

bread, light-tilted shadows that fall tall as

statues toppled. After the revolution, fields lay

bare, braided in rusted metal, mangled into

sculptures by moonlight. Mostly, the lamentations

had subsided. A moment of calm, but for how

long? Day and night, women picked through

the rubble, backs hooped, bent to the task, head to

toe dressed in black like giant birds of prey,

shuffling amongst broken ordnance, garments

dragging weighty as wings. An image snapped from

a television screen in the blink of an eye, recurrent

as nightmare, the same scene repeated with

machine-gun rapidity; a thing of terrible beauty.

Stephen Oliver is the author of 17 volumes of poetry. Traveled extensively. Signed on with the radio ship The Voice of Peace broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa, Israel. Free-lanced in Australia/New Zealand as production voice, newsreader, radio producer, columnist, copy and feature writer, etc. After 20 years in Australia, currently in NZ. His latest volume, Intercolonial,

a book-length narrative poem, published by Puriri Press, Auckland, NZ (2013). A transtasman epic. Oliver’s work has been translated into German, Spanish, Chinese and Dutch. Forthcoming: poetry in Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, edited by Melissa Tuckey, University of Georgia Press, 2016. His video poem, The Great Rogatus, can be seen here:



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