Jacqueline Crompton Ottaway New Zealand
crossed cultures - special issue
Suiliana By night Suiliana plaits mats into prayers weaves wools of yellow, green & scarlet arranges constellations of red feathers prays for the living and invites visions from the dead During the day, Suiliana smiles at the palagi she strokes his arm leads him to the sacred tree on the hill shows him surf that crashes in endless lament pulls him beneath icy waters to the drunken night of an underground cave We travel to a parallel island where iron bars encase shop windows glow worms wink in defiance lights smash while vacant sockets stare on Sunday women lay quilts on graves drape fences with purple sashes parade death as a royal occasion Sospel Weave down the Alps read the monument discover a jeep in the fields a tower that crumbles wind up the stairs look across the river see the pink & brown houses smile
Featured Artist Fiona Holding
Jacqueline Crompton Ottaway has had poems and children’s stories published in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom, the United States, Denmark and China. She enjoys travels to other worlds and, even when at home in New Zealand, discovers the extra-ordinary in her everyday surroundings.