A Poem by Genevieve Carroll

Artist Genevieve Carroll of Hill End Press is one of three artists exhibiting at the Dubbo Regional Gallery with an exhibition titled 'The Long View' which runs until the 13th October. Genevieve exhibits along side Julie Williams and Janet Haslett. 

This exhibition presents three artists’ distinctly individual responses to the remote, historically charged village of Hill End. Carroll’s autobiographical work is a meditation on still life, mortality and bees. Haslett attempts to explore painting through the 1870s Holtermann Collection photographic archive. Williams’ paintings from Hunts Creek Parramatta and Hill End continue her rigorous exploration of relationship between the natural and built environment.
— Dubbo Regional Gallery
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Genevieve also penned the poem below which has inspired me to put pen to paper and dedicate more time to writing. During my residency this month at Bundanon, I look forward to being alone with my thoughts and having the courage to commit them to the page. Not sure if they'll make the blog though!

 

THE BEDSPREAD OF NATURAL HISTORY

a bees' lament

S U M M E R
My mouth is full of the honest primrose night
With a slowing clock
delicate and accomplished
cross pollinating

A U T U M N
I imagine ticking soft shadows of air
with coarse black wings
While grass persists to remain
awake for an hour

W I N T E R
I did not imagine this slow frost stone
sustaining a secret
Strategic terrain
the crinkled spark
My thoughts are walking round the exhausted table

S P R I N G
Curvature of drunken bees on the landscape floor
Time lays in a short line
my only familiar scent is that of a flowering curtain