Finial single work   poetry   "I have your final smile by rote;"
  • Author: Jan Owen
Issue Details: First known date: 2007 2007
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The title and first line appear to play with the concept of the finial as decorative terminal ending on gables or flagstaffs, or the serif-ornamented typographic ending stroke, and 'final' as in 'final smile.' The body of the poem then suggests an orthodox meditation on lost love, but the closing stanza asserts that 'blind worms are flight as yet undressed' - and implies that love, hope, or the poet, will rise again.

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  • Appears in:
    y The Weekend Australian 17-18 November 2007 Z1445264 2007 newspaper issue 2007 pg. 15 Section: Spectrum
  • Appears in:
    y Poems : 1980-2008 Jan Owen , Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 Z1526900 2008 selected work poetry Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 pg. 249
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