Origin of BeadsIt begins with the nipple –its hardridges and granulationsthe brushof newborn fingers acrossa milk-taut breast,measure of earth's curvature,feeding the primal thirstfor touch.It begins with the eyebefore language stringssyllables into speechthe word in a glancein a look that fondlesthe contours of a milk-softhead, vulnerable cheekfeasts on the sweetnessof new skin and trapsin a kaleidoscopic netthe infant's gaze, hookedby light.This fierce joythis hunger for flesha Godborn of her fleshis the first bead.Primal SenseI soap his newborn skinwith sandalwood, massagehis elastic limbs with oilpressed from the stonesof apricots, outline eachsculpted finger and toeand stroke the smooth planesof his soles. Vertebrae ripplebeneath my hands like birdsong.If smell is primal senseI want his memories to bemilk and honey and spice.I want to rub away the coldodour of a glass crib, the blandsteel instruments, the meatypungency of blood. I want to planthis morning with fruit treesand forests of fragrant wood.
Lyn Reeves (Author)
Lyn grew up in Sydney near a beach and loves to be close to the sea, which finds its way into many of her poems. At twenty she went to live in London for two years and on her return to Australia worked in art galleries, including The Yellow House, before moving to northern NSW and, later, to a sheep farm in Tasmania. She now lives near a beach outside Hobart with her husband and small white dog. Most of her work has involved books — as children's librarian, teacher of library and information studies, editor and small press publisher.Lyn's poetry, stories and haiku have been widely published. Her haiku book, Walking the Tideline, came out in 2001 and a poetry collection, Speaking with Ghosts was published by Ginninderra Press in 2002. In 2008 Walleah Press published the anthology Seasoned with Honey, where her work appears with three other women poets. The manuscript won a FAW National Literary Award. Lyn has been the editor for the Tasmanian literary journal Famous Reporter since 1994 and served as secretary and vice-president for HaikuOz. Her poetry has been translated into French and Russian, set to music by composer Rosemary Austen and read on ABC Poetica. She has been a featured reader at Salamanca Writers' Festivals, Sydney Writers' Festival, The Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival and WordStorm (NT). Lyn curated the Moorilla Cultural Series of readings and music, and coedited the resulting anthology, Moorilla Mosaic: contemporary Tasmanian Writing (Bumble-bee Books, 2001). Recently Lyn began playing with clay and studying for an MA Creative Writing. She plans more frequent visits to her son and his family in Japan, and is trying to learn Japanese.