Austin Alexis has published in Shot Glass Journal, Danse Macabre, Candelabrum Poetry Magazine, Poetry Pacific (Canada) and in other journals and anthologies. He is the author of Privacy Issues (Broadside Lotus Press, Detroit, 2014) and two chapbooks: Lovers and Drag Queens and For Lincoln & Other Poems. He received a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholarship.
Australian Aboriginal Art
The human head, displayed
in various positions:
slanted on sly diagonals
as if the pictures wish to hide
the embedded stories they whisper.
Hands touching other hands,
a circle of hands
or a line of people
reinforcing the value of community
while gaining the respect of outsiders.
A language in these works
speaks of religion, of history,
on rocks, on tree barks, even spread on leaves.
This oldest unbroken tradition of art
tells of the dreamtime when diverse beings
roaming in the time before time
breathed the galaxies into existence.