Assisted Passage

In 1856, Jane Tost arrived with her husband Charles and their family of four children via the Indian Queen into Hobart. Her profession is listed in the shipping journals as ‘Naturalist’.

My lips have blossomed sores,
dull yellowed flowers,

that weep o’ the months of salt,
wind and close quarters

three months ‘tween decks
and I cannot wait to enter

that cathedral of wild southern light
where the animals who have inhabited

my dreams, strange creatures –
devils and tigers, spotted cats

move in the forest’s
understorey like disobedient children

scrabbling beneath pews,
to see those beasts who grumble,

hiss and cough an islander’s song
of malcontent, leave us in peace

and yet we keep travelling, the sharp prow
of the vessel pointing us southward,

our slow transit worth
the price of trading hemispheres.

Reviews of Kristin Hannaford's collection Curio

Hamish Danks Brown, reviewing Curio in Rochford Street Review
Mary Cresswell, reviewing Curio in Plumwood Mountain, Vol 2 No 1, Feb 2015.
Anne Elvey, reviewing Curio along with Julie Maclean’s When I saw Jimi and Kiss of the Viking in Cordite, 5th February 2015.

Poetry selection from 'Curio'

One more feather and I'll fly

More poems by Kristin Hannaford

Lee side, On board the Triton


Kristin Hannaford, launching Paul Summer's collection
primitive cartography,
Rockhampton, August 23rd, 2013.