Of Time and the Sea


Robert Wood is a writer from Perth. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania where he was taught by Language poet Charles Bernstein.

He has had work published in DotDotDash, Southerly and Jacket2. At present (August 2013), Robert is working on a novel drawing on Randolph Stow’s poetry.

by Robert Wood

We wait and wait
for the name of a flower.
It does not come, not even after.

We turn,
watch the different repetitions of the sea, here,
replicate in waves     the yawn
                                  the goings on
                                  the obelisks, the strain
where the salt meets the fresh, where the rain remains.

We sit and we name.
We name and we name
the same is the same is the same.