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Gastropoda

GASTROPODA

You think I’ve stayed home all my life,
moving at snail’s pace, sneakily living off
another’s labour? You think I’ve nought
to leave behind but empty shell? Come:
study me. Take my chambered shell apart.
Brace yourself for whirlwinds
coiled at my heart.


from Shell(Insomniac Press, 2007), copyright© Olive Senior 2007, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

Olive Senior Reading from her Poems

1Moon

2Rejected Text for a Tourist Brochure

3Leaving Home

4Embroidery

5Lacemaker

6The Birth of Islands

7The Secret of Flying Close to the Sun Without Melting Wings

8Peacock Tale 2

9Rooster

10Hen

11Guinea Hen

12The Pull of Birds

13Meditation on Red

14Hurricane Story 1904

15Hurricane Story 1988

16Starapple

17Pineapple

18Guava

19Guinep

20Bamboo 4

21Brief Lives

22My Father's Blue Plantation

23Meditation on Yellow

24Gastropoda

25Shelter

26Garden Snail

27Hurricanes

28Join the Dots

29Shell

30A Superficial Reading

31Colonial Girls School

32Birdshooting Season

33Hurricane Watch

34Dead Straight