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Re: Bridges

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Andrew Burke <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc: poetry and poetics

Date:

Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:35:05 +1100

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I have a cousin in Melbourne who has a small table made from timbers of the
original Burke's Bridge.It's a squat, sturdy item with a plague on the side
stating its origins. It exudes mysterious tales of past passages. I have no
idea how Patrick fits into family history, although there are copious
family histories about.

Androo


On 9 January 2014 03:30, Douglas Barbour <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Saw all Bill.
>
> I think 'not offering crossability' is what it's all about, & intriguing,
> indeed.
>
> I imagine you can extend this sequence should you wish to...
>
> Doug
> On Jan 8, 2014, at 6:03 AM, Patrick McManus <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > Bill old lad I saw Kasper's email only when you replied to it - P
> fretting
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Poetryetc: poetry and poetics [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> > Behalf Of Bill Wootton
> > Sent: 08 January 2014 12:29
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: Bridges
> >
> > Pat, can you not see Kasper's email below? You responded to Kasper's
> comment
> > it looks like to me. I may be stuck but your frets are wobbling it seems.
> >
> > Funny you mention 'orchardist'. I remember as  teacher this came up when
> > students came to read the word, probably in Chekhov's 'The Cherry
> Orchard'.
> > 16/17 year olds couldn't pronounce it. Had never seen the word in print.
> > They would say it like 'orchid' with no sense that that were
> > mis-pronouncing.  I suppose all fruit they ever had came from a
> supermarket.
> > My great uncle Jim lived on an apple orchard, in a stilted wooden
> two-room
> > shack with a Coolgardie safe to keep his milk cool, at Harcourt near
> > Bendigo, a hundred miles or so north west of Melbourne.
> >
> > Bill
> >
> >> On 8 Jan 2014, at 8:06 pm, Patrick McManus <
> [log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> Kasper's email never arrived here!!
> >> Bill hope you are not stuck - orchardist sounds a nice job Cheers P
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Poetryetc: poetry and poetics [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> >> On Behalf Of Bill Wootton
> >> Sent: 08 January 2014 07:21
> >> To: [log in to unmask]
> >> Subject: Re: Bridges
> >>
> >> Many thanks, Kasper. Final couplet (and indeed final section) is still
> >> a work in progress, appended yesterday when I realised the two
> >> particular bridges I was celebrating were not ones to put spring in
> >> step, they not offering crossability.
> >>
> >> Bill
> >>
> >>> On 8 Jan 2014, at 11:36 am, Kasper Salonen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> This is magnificent, the majesty of bridges at their best resonates
> >>> strongly in these four sections. The hint of myth in the Benezet
> >>> story rounds out the mysticism. Not only that, but the lyrical and
> >>> yet perfectly disinterested style makes up for the splash of water
> >>> that is the final line. I love it.
> >>>
> >>> KS
> >>>
> >>> ---
> >>> Kasper Salonen, toiminnanjohtaja
> >>> Helsinki Poetry Connection
> >>> http://hkipoetryconnection.blogspot.com/
> >>> +358505554947
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>> On 7 January 2014 23:05, Bill Wootton <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> Bridges
> >>>>
> >>>> i
> >>>>
> >>>> Walk a bridge to connect, to pass
> >>>> over a gulf. To be on a bridge is to be
> >>>>
> >>>> neither in one place or another. Rarely destination, bridges embody
> >>>> journey.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> ii
> >>>>
> >>>> Avignon's stone bridge stops mid-Rhone tantalising with just four
> >>>> extant arches
> >>>>
> >>>> of its once majestic twenty two.
> >>>> Even computer imaging and years
> >>>>
> >>>> of research can't line up remnant piles.
> >>>> Must have been zig-zags
> >>>>
> >>>> for added strength, perhaps, in floods.
> >>>> Benezet the shepherd it's said,
> >>>>
> >>>> 850 years ago, with Divine push, hefted and hurled a huge rock in
> >>>> the river
> >>>>
> >>>> which became stone one of Pont
> >>>> d'Avignon. Benezet's journey ended
> >>>>
> >>>> with his interment within the bridge before its completion.
> >>>> Disinterment
> >>>>
> >>>> nearly 500 years later,
> >>>> scored him patron sainthood.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> iii
> >>>>
> >>>> Just north of Melbourne, two parallel bridges span Arthurs Creek.
> >>>> Only one takes traffic.
> >>>>
> >>>> Burke's duplicated concrete and bitumen bridge towards Nutfield,
> >>>> flat and functional
> >>>>
> >>>> but adjacent, original Burke's Bridge, a timbertrestle construction,
> >>>> now spattered
> >>>>
> >>>> with leaves and gum bark peelings, blocked at either end with
> >>>> boulders, remains
> >>>>
> >>>> the real enchanter. Patrick Burke, orchardist and nurseryman settled
> >>>> on 20 acres in 1864.
> >>>>
> >>>> None of which explains why supporting posts either side of the creek
> >>>> are not parallel.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> iv
> >>>>
> >>>> Alighting from a bridge makes you feel lighter.
> >>>> Puts a little spring in your step or your tyres.
> >>>>
> >>>> You've left somewhere behind. Crossed.
> >>>> You're somewhere else. What now?
> >>>>
> >>>> But it takes now uncrossable bridges to remind us how well stuck we
> >>>> might be.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> bw
> >>>> 8.1.14
> >>
> >
>
> Douglas Barbour
> [log in to unmask]
>
> http://www.ualberta.ca/~dbarbour/
> http://eclecticruckus.wordpress.com/
>
> Latest books:
> Continuations & Continuations 2 (with Sheila E Murphy)
> http://www.uap.ualberta.ca/UAP.asp?LID=41&bookID=962
> Recording Dates
> (Rubicon Press)
>
> Swept snow, Li Po,
> by dawn’s 40-watt moon
> to the road that hies to office
> away from home.
>
>             Lorine Niedecker
>
>
>
>
>
>
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>
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>


-- 
Andrew
http://hispirits.blogspot.com/
'Undercover of Lightness'
http://walleahpress.com.au/recent-publications.html
'Shikibu Shuffle'
http://abovegroundpress.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/new-from-aboveground-press-shikibu.html

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