The Well Mouth


A verse-novel of sorts. It has a narrative buried along with the voices that flow through it, and a crime theme.

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At the bottom of an abandoned well, a woman murdered and dumped there by corrupt police dreams the voices of people who have died but do not yet know it. Deep underground, she is silent witness and narrator of their earth poems – as she drifts in artesian streams towards the coast. One by one the newly dead replace each other in her imagination – whistleblower, brothel madam, long distance driver, woman lost in the bush, old soldier – some registering in sharp focus, others in brief faltering grabs, jostling and blurring in the pressure to be heard. The Well Mouth is a work of powerful immersion in empathy and unexpectedness.