Pam Brown's blog (see the original post here):
I recently received a box of an array of newly published pamphlets and chapbooks from Ottawa's above/ground press. One of them is a collaboration between the two well-known poets: Perth, Australia-based Andrew Burke and Perth, Canada-based Phil Hall. It's a really nice chapbook with a glued cover image (I think each cover is different), a bright orange fly leaf and a line drawing that resembles a rubber stamp, and could be a rubber stamp, on the title and end pages. There are fifteen short, minimal poems riffing on a tenth century Japanese poet. The suite is at once kind of dainty and perky. It's called Shikibu Shuffle.
The introductory page reads:
"Happy fate brought a poet from Perth Western Australia and a poet from Perth Ontario Canada together in 2009.
Then Andrew had a heart attack and was queued up for life-saving surgery.
With nothing to do but wait, kept alive by sprays and medical potions - to distract himself - Andrew agreed to work with Phil on a collaboration.
Andrew suggested the Japanese court poet Murasaki Shikibu (973-1014); her 5-line form might be a place to start.
Phil was thinking of Ornette Coleman: two quartets facing each other and going at it (1960).
We wrote in 5s back and forth, then shuffled our silence-inducing cacophony into 10s, then improvised from there...
Andrew's operation was bumped once, and then happened. He's fine.
The shuffle served its purpose, and now surprises and delights them both."
I watch my chest
rise and fall in the mirror
nature in the raw
nothing I see or think
means anything to me
then I plan to tell you about it
and into each dull thunk
like lemon on fish
a faint zing
Talking to the air
I break cobwebs
on the line
cello kite fishing
the net result
while hammock hook shines
sun holds motes float