May 2022, Bendigo, Dja Dja Wurrung Country

I think of spring up
in Memphis + feel autumn
here in Bendigo…
I’ve ne’er travelled to Memphis
yet have just been to Graceland.



The Elvis/Graceland exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery concluded on 17 July 2022.

This tanka was first published under the title ‘Elvis Graces Bendigo’ in Friday Flash Fiction.

Stereo Story #675

Michael Leach is an academic at Monash Rural Health, Bendigo. His poems reside in Rabbit, Cordite, Meniscus, Stereo Stories, the 2021 Hippocrates Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. Michael’s poetry collections include Chronicity (Melbourne Poets Union, 2020) and Natural Philosophies (Recent Work Press, forthcoming). He lives on unceded Dja Dja Wurrung Country.