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More in the ‘see what jumps out of the anthology at you’ series.  Again, from the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry.

Josephine Miles was born in 1911 in Chicago. The link will take you to her biography. Her academic and writing career is more impressive given that Miles suffered debilitating arthritis for most of her life, making it impossible for her to use a typewriter. Her poems were committed to paper using a pen, in movements that were “slow and painfully deliberate” according to an oral history recorded by Ruth Teiser and Catherine Harroun. They conducted interviews with Miles in the late seventies under the title Poetry, Teaching and Scholarship.

This poem – On Inhabiting an Orange – was written in 1935 when she was 24 years old. She died in 1985.

On Inhabiting an Orange - Josephine Miles

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The walk from Bondi Beach in Sydney to Tamarama Beach provides its own sculptural marvels all year round.

This spectacular coastal landscape also hosts the annual Sculpture by the Sea festival, an event that this year will attract close to half a million visitors.

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Thursday was the first day and it was good to be there before the visitor numbers build. It was a magical day. Temperatures were on the cooler side, heralding the end of the worst of the bushfire crisis in the Blue Mountains. The skies were clear and Sydney was turning it on big time. To top off the magic, we stopped for a while to watch two young humpback whales apparently competing to show off their breaching and flipper slapping skills.

Here’s but a taste of the 107 pieces on offer this year.

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buttress (2012) – Michael Le Grand  ACT

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horizon – Lucy Humphrey NSW

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horizon (with surfer)

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moon buddha – Vince Vozzo NSW

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flow – Alison McDonald QLD

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goodnight Uncle John – Eko Bambang Wisnu & Ida Lawrence Indonesia / NSW

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pallet pavilion – Clayton Blake VIC

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folded 3 – Andrew Rogers VIC
(section)

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sacred space – Dale Miles NSW

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passage secret – Silvia Tuccimei Italy

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plastic world – Carole Purnelle and Nuno Maya Portugal

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fetch – The Winged Collective VIC
(section)

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girl pointing – Matt Calvert TAS

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moment of clarity – David Hashimoto NSW

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bubble no: 5 – Qian Sihua China

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fallout – Stephen King NSW

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a shared weight – Elyssa Sykes-Smith NSW