Compass by Megan Hicks

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Long listed for the WRITE ABOUT WALKING AND LISTENING competition run in July & August 2021

I'm walking down an unknown no through road
 
Pushing the borders of my local government area 

Testing the margin's tolerance for noise

Main western railway line across the street 

North-south airport landing path above

A wisp of trumpet practice ...

... seeping from ...

... a small white van that's parked outside a house 

The banished player crouching in the back

I move along now heading roughly east

Another aircraft screams in overhead

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Megan Hicks

Megan Hicks

Australia

I'm interested in cities and the vestiges of their former selves. I walk with difficulty around the streets and back lanes of suburbia. I like to notice odd things and ordinary things as well. I look at pavement graffiti and I listen for birds. I take my c...

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