Editing the Moon

By Caroline Caddy b. 1944 Caroline Caddy
Be precise
authority is magic.
When you think you've got it straight
wax wane declination
feel the movement under your hand
one summer morning
as you observe it set
then rise that night.
Always use a well-sharpened pencil
followed by a good eraser.
Watch the white emerge.

Caroline Caddy, "Editing the Moon" text from Esperance, Fremantle Press, 2007; audio from The Tibetan Cabinet, Audio CD, 2010: by permission of River Road Press and the poet. Copyright © 2007, 2010 by Caroline Caddy.

Source: Esperance (Fremantle Press, 2007)

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Poet Caroline Caddy b. 1944

POET’S REGION Australia and Pacific

Subjects Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Born in Perth, poet Caroline Caddy grew up in the United States and Japan before returning to Australia as an adult. Caddy’s poems, lingering in the landscapes of China, Antarctica, and western Australia, explore identity through the process of travel and observation. Floating free of the left-hand margins, her poems make use of caesuras to emphasize the connections and gaps between cultures and geographies. “Creating a space . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens

POET’S REGION Australia and Pacific

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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