It is still winter, and the air is still grotty, and curling up with a book and being somewhere else still feels like Very Good Idea. Back in June, I wrote about Surf Sounds - a book of poetry by the Australia poet Roger Higgins. Surf Sounds is full of somewhere-elses. This one is a memory.
The Flat Roof of the Shed.
As a boy he would lie on his back
spread-eagled over the corrugated iron
on the flat roof of the shed.
He would look for familiar faces in the clouds,
his second grade teacher as she tried and failed
and tried again to make him a right-hander
leaning over his shoulder to gently take the pencil
from one hand and place it in the other,
and the long unshaven face of his grandfather
who kept a high gloss on the old green chevy
and sometimes let him ride in the rumble seat.
The boy would anticipate whether the next arrow head
would drag a contrail in from the north or south
turning the sky on a clear day
into an ancients’ map of the world with places
that were just names to him around the rim
and himself in the centre.
He did not feel the metal ridges
under his shoulder blades and buttocks
and easily filled in those aimless hours
between school and the family dinner
climbing down at the last minute to do his chores
chopping and bringing in wood for the combustion stove
or picking fresh corn and carrots from the garden.
Surf Sounds: Poems by Roger Higgins
Higgins' poetry is both day by day and exotic. The poet washes his
socks and jocks when he showers. He prefers description, narrative and
irony to self-dramatization; there’s a lot more to Surf Sounds than
ocean, beach and desert.
~ Graham Rowlands, Poet
Surf Sounds can be purchased through Liquid light Press , amazon, and Lulu.
Roger Higgins has been published in various magazines and journals. He is an Australian who has traveled
widely and lived in (alphabetically) Canada, Chile, Papua New Guinea,
Scotland, and the USA. Roger is an engineer by vocation, and has
utilized his pen rather more than his camera on many of his travels,
bringing together his physical and emotional responses to the
environments and situations which he has encountered. First collection Hieroglyphs, Friendly Street Poets 2008. Most recent collection Surf Sounds, Liquid Light Press 2014.