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Special N.01 – Martin Harrison Special Issue

briefly suddenly

by Anne Elvey

i.m.  Martin Harrison



slightly cheaply           suddenly simply seriously


occasionally                             distantly

slowly              nearly recently                                     finally


usually mostly perfectly

occasionally consciously


nearly daily


only only                     entirely entirely


apparently frantically              really quietly


differently       simply listlessly           carelessly

newly              already loosely            mostly early

sincerely                                   only                            only


suddenly suddenly      invisibly           suddenly


differently                                                       definitely


probably          nearly likely     nervously         only usually

already practically                                                       only


momentarily                                                    blindly

mostly suddenly                                              absently


clearly              scarcely secretly


invisibly invisibly


hardly              already already            fleetingly         only


exquisitely eternally

* The words in the title and the last line come from Martin Harrison, “A Word”, published in The Best Australian Poems 2009 (Black Inc), the rest in order from his collection Summer (Paper Bark Press, 2001).

Published: September 2015
Anne Elvey

is author of Kin (Five Islands 2014) and This Flesh That You Know (Leaf Press 2015). She is managing editor of Plumwood Mountain, and counted Martin as a mentor in that role. Anne met Martin only a few times at conferences, over meals and through editorial email conversations, and had looked forward to many more such meetings.

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