Poetry

Ian le Tourneau: Murmuration

Murmuration: Starlings on the St John River   Flashmob. Wingbeats. Murmuration. The starlings’ policy is beauty, written in fluid cursive across impending dusk. A love letter in blank verse from the folio. The sky is their amusement park, their rollercoaster, their tilt-a-whirl. Their flight, pliable like toffee: pulled apart, stretched to breaking, but melded back to a centre. A chainmail of feathers.   Murmur: a recurring sound in the heart; softly spoken roar, as the Greeks put it. Murmuration: the sound our heart improvises now as it cartwheels. The birds soaring over the cobalt bolt of river. Like the sublime…

Subscribe to get access to all online articles

Digital Subscription

$68/ YR

Get the latest ideas from Australia’s most insightful writers.

Subscribe

  • Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Printed & Digital Subscription

$87/ YR

For avid readers of leading ideas
from Australia’s brightest.

Subscribe

  • Printed & Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Quadrant Patron

$300/ YR

Show your support for Australia’s
most open minded publication.

Subscribe

  • Quadrant Patron includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  • All new editions of Quadrant Books
  • Exclusive invitations to Quadrant Dinners, book launches and events.