Poetry

Desert Archaeology

Desert Archaeology – version for reading on 8 February at MikeFest[1]   Peter Stanley, who was organising a day of celebration at the National Museum of Australia for Mike Smith’s life and work,  contacted me to say  that Mike Smith would like me to read one of my desert poems. He added that Mike would like it even better if I would write a new poem. I then talked to Mike, who told me he thought no poet had yet captured the poetry inside the basic tradecraft of modern archaeology. He challenged me to try, offering ideas and feedback. This…

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