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WATCH Miriam Hechtman recite her poem, Jux/ta/po/si/tion

Miriam Hechtman
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Published: 2 November 2020

Last updated: 3 November 2020

The absent armour of boundary, the brittle beauty of understanding - WATCH MIRIAM’S POETRY READING



The absent armour of boundary

The brittle beauty of understanding

The casual coolness of your desire

The delicate danger of my longing

The empty envelope sealed

The fallen fire paused

The glorious grittiness before the grace

The heavy honour weighting your heart

The ignorant idealism of my dreams

The jarring joy of surrender

The kept kiss of seduction

The laboured love of your youth

The morning memories on my pillow

The normalized neglect of the underdog

The obvious omission of care

The perfect pity you beckon

The quiet quantum leap of rescue

The refined rage in your fingertips

The stunning silence of the mountain

The transient truth simmering

The underlying urgency in her whisper

The violent victory of revolution

The wayward waltz of our words

The xenorated xenophobia of privilege

The yellowed yes coming up for air

The zero zone reached


The line: "The brittle beauty of understanding” is from Mary Oliver’s poem The Sea

About the author

Miriam Hechtman

Sydney-based Miriam Hechtman is an Australian writer, creative producer and poet. She is the founder and creative director of Poetica, a live poetry and music initiative and co-presenter and producer of WORDSMITH – the poetry podcast.

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