Between Thistles: Variation #2 by Cindy Keong

It has been exciting to have variations on Between Thistles arrive in my inbox these past few days… so many roads left unexplored in the original that these remixes are discovering. Here is Cindy Keong’s remix to kick start your Friday night.


Between Thistles: A New Junicho
Started: 12 April 2013 – Finished: 30 April 2013
Written between: Ashley Capes, Chloë Callistemon, Cindy Keong, Chris Lynch, Vuong Pham, Trish Reid and Lee-Anne Davie

Link #1 (3 lines) – hokku / shasei

between thistles
the crane’s
Egyptian walk

(Ashley Capes)


Link #2 (2 lines) – waki / cultural (literature)

Out! Damn dog
brought the bloody river home!

(John Wainwright)


Link #3 (3 lines) – daisan / cultural (film)

a gecko
makes the theatre
more Australian

(Vuong Pham)


Link #4 (2 lines) – verse / shasei

recycling at 2:30am
moonlight on bitumen

(Chris Lynch)


Link #5 (3 lines) – verse / shasei

possums on the roof
a sudden clap
of thunder

(Cindy Keong)


Link #6 (2 lines) – verse / cultural (art)

Van Gogh hears
the light in each stroke

(Lee-Anne Davie)


Link #7 (3 lines) – verse / cultural (religion)

winter solitude
the garden angel
frost covered

(Vuong Pham)


Link #8 (2 lines) – verse / gendai

the tollway flickers
another promise

(Ashley Capes)


Link #9 (3 lines) – verse / gendai

fever sweats
the memory of glaciers

(Chris Lynch)


Link #10 (2 lines) – verse / cultural (politics)

global warming
my GUCCI wallet cracks

(Vuong Pham)


Link #11 (3 lines) – verse / cultural (music)

second chord
of the Elgar
snaps my bow

(Chloe Callistemon)


Link #12 (2 lines) – ageku / shasei

songs-many tongued-
mend the sun

(Trish Reid)


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2 responses to “Between Thistles: Variation #2 by Cindy Keong

  1. misswoodhouse

    Wonderful! Love this.

  2. Still studying the form and voices…but find most interesting.

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