Michalia Arathimos (IIML, Victoria University, New Zealand)
Weft, warp, these things are popular to think about.
Do we miss weaving?
I will go elsewhere, taking away my heavy arms
wrapping my branches in silk.
I will go on the road a dozen times over.
I will leave home easily.
The adverse of warpis weft. The adverse
of weft is warp.
I will pack my bag up with thread. I will go into the desert
stroking the gentle pile with my feet
singing praise to lost foundations, welcoming the sweet nap
at the end.
Michalia Arathimos has published short stories and poetry in several publications, including Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 4, Lost in Translation: New Zealand Short Stories, Sport, Turbine, Metro, The NZ Listener and Blackmail Press. She is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters, where she is writing a novel.