dreams & fancies by Jessica Wilkinson

As an extension of Arc’s Canada-Australia joint issue with Australia’s Cordite magazine, over the next several weeks, Arc will be publishing online selected pieces from Australian poets — this is in addition to the Australian poetry published in print in Arc 77. For the Arc-Cordite joint issue, each magazine handed the editorial responsibilities over to the other: so that Cordite filled Arc #77 (and these these webpages) with nothing but Australian poetry, prose and artwork; Arc did the same for Cordite (Arc’s part of this partnership will be published online at Cordite in December 2014). Our intent in this partnership is to showcase and cross-pollinate poetics between Australia and Canada and to share with a broader audience poetry that may be little known outside of home borders.


dreams & fancies
(for Mother with love)

open-eared and wider-eared
some hint of allround boyish throb
or typical bumpkin charm

I am quite complete as I am—
a mixture
of dead friends and the coming death
or dying rhymes

I am hoarding up the house.
I have taken love action.
I am happy thru and thru
and move into___


Jessica L. Wilkinson’s first book marionette: a biography of miss marion davies was published by Vagabond in 2012. Her second, Suite for Percy Grainger: a biography is forthcoming in 2014. She is the founding editor of Rabbit: a journal for non-fiction poetry.

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