‘The Way the Light Is’ by Lisa Moore

Moore’s story is a hybrid form that includes screenplay scenes which are scaffolded on top of a poem, John Steffler’s ‘The Green Insect’. When trapped, the insect “unwound its history, ran out its spring in kicks” just as the protagonist does. There’s a dinner party where a guest opens a bottle of champagne with a machete, a provocative reason to introduce yourself to Moore’s imaginative landscapes.

From Open, Anansi, 2002