Ivy Alvarez


I am seventy per cent water
but it’s hard to drink myself.

Ash rain, acid rain, cracks in the crust,
storms of dust can cover a continent.

I don’t want to talk about the weather.
When the earth shrugs its shoulders,

some people fall off.
Here’s the edge of the world.

Forget ‘sunset’ or the names for colours.

Capture years in an hourglass.
Sand pours in. A mote flies into your eye.

IVY ALVAREZ is the author of verse novel Disturbance (Wales: Seren, 2013). As a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Hawthornden Fellow, and a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry and once for fiction, both Literature Wales and the Australia Council for the Arts awarded her grants towards the writing of Disturbance. Widely-published and anthologised, her poetry also appears on a mobile app The Disappearing, in Takahē, The Age / Sydney Morning Herald, and Best Australian Poems (2009, 2013), with several poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. Her poetry collections include Mortal, Hollywood Starlet, and The Everyday English Dictionary. Her latest, Diaspora: Volume L, is available from Paloma Press.
Author’s note: “‘What remains’. Chosen for its account of impossible things.”
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