Ex-Pat Australian Poet Cally Conan-Davies now spends part of the year in the Pikes Peak Region. Along with her quick wit and nimbly turned lines (see “Ace” below), she’s also an accomplished amateur photographer with an fresh eye for the unexpectable details buried in the ordinary. In this slide show, we’ve gathered a selection of her Colorado images from her blog, Constant Never, where you can keep up with her wide ranging pergrinations.

Ace

By Cally Conan-Davies

Bloody hell, the world’s turned
upside down

the flame tree has become
geranium

my coral bed has grown
into a tree

the hummingbird you hammered
to the wall

though tin, could any moment
turn and flee.

The yellow sky has gone
all roundabout

and clover threes where
seaweed used to be

and blood blossoms with fire,
the powers below grow higher —
if things turn right-way-up
will the falling fire stop?

The wave is in the hill
the nest abandons me
and all the reddened earth is still

igniting

 

One Response to An Australian Poet’s Eye for Colorado

  1. Ms. Lin says:

    nice look at the exotic world of snowy colorado

News

January 27, 2015 | NPR · At the same time, a new Interior Department designated nearly 10 million acres in Alaska as off-limits to any future oil and gas leasing. Reaction has been mixed to the draft plan.
 

AFP/Getty Images
January 27, 2015 | NPR · The line on the left went to the gas chambers, but an SS guard shoved Jack Mandelbaum to the right. Thus began a three-year nightmare in seven camps for a Jewish teenager who refused to give up hope.
 

AP
January 27, 2015 | NPR · The president cut short his visit to India to travel to Saudi Arabia. There, he met King Salman, who ascended to the throne last week following the death of his half-brother, Abdullah.
 

Arts & Life

January 27, 2015 | NPR · Esther Freud’s new novel Mr. Mac and Me traces an unlikely friendship between a lonely boy and a struggling artist. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book has both technical prowess and grace.
 

Courtesy of Sundance Institute
January 27, 2015 | NPR · Critic Kenneth Turan says Going Clear and The Hunting Ground are among the films that “blew people away” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
 

January 26, 2015 | NPR · From flying like a bird to walking through a refugee camp in Syria, virtual reality has enabled journalists, filmmakers and artists to immerse their audience in their stories like never before.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
January 27, 2015 | WXPN · The former lead singer of Men At Work tells the story of his band’s international success.
 

Mountain Stage
January 27, 2015 | NPR · Hear the Portland string band, with members of The Decemberists and Bearfoot, as it performs live.
 

NPR
January 27, 2015 | NPR · The Nashville singer writes with acidic wit in lines worthy of his old mentor, Shel Silverstein.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab