Cavorting with Time is a series of poems about female ageing and mortality. Jacqui Malins shares them here as a work in progress, a script that will develop and mature over time, gathering notes and annotations with each new presentation. She has performed variations of it solo, with musical accompaniment, and now it performs on the page.
In this sequence of poems, Jacqui Malins negotiates and renegotiates her relationship with time and its effects on the body and mind. Time is a complex presence: variously a musician, a dance partner, a tattooist, an adversary to be gripped and wrestled, the turner of a cosmic crankhandle, a pair of cupped hands waiting to catch us at the end of consciousness, and more. Malins bears clear-eyed and nuanced witness to the ravages and caresses of our constant companion, ‘Time, our sister’ while gazing calmly at ‘Death, who walks with her.’ An experience you will not forget.
Winner, 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry