Poem

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Before I speak' by Kevin Brophy

Kevin Brophy
29 February 2016

This poem has not yet been written
and before it is I want to say I respect
the President of the United States,
the man himself and his office

and I respect what the people
mean when they say Democracy
though I do not know what this
might have to do with being armed

and having put these points like this
as plainly as possible
on t ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Magically' by Kevin Brophy

Kevin Brophy
29 February 2016

You woke with a headache
and opened the bedroom window blind.
You bent forward as morning light came in.
It fell on your belly and breasts
and your sleep maddened hair.
I could hear the sickness in your voice
as you accepted a salad bowl to throw up in
and two pills with breakfast.

The new sun tipped itself up over distant mountains
outside the ki ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Siren' by Kevin Brophy

Kevin Brophy
29 February 2016

For Marianne J Boruch and David Dunlap

 

We walk past the ruined past
pasted to the Academy’s cloister walls,
past broken Latin stones’ fracture ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Map' by Amy Brown

Amy Brown
29 February 2016

When it was nearly still acceptable
to nip the shoulder of the pleasant boy
sitting cross-legged in front of you
(leaning back and pulling the royal blue

wool of his jersey with loose teeth)
I had an elastic idea, which stretched
through the next twenty-five years. Senior
primary school's kingdom of fully grown

flax bushes and adult-sized toilets,More

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Snake' by Amy Brown

Amy Brown
29 February 2016

We are following a track that loops
around a lake impaled with trees,
a pinned-down habitat for platypuses

I would like to see, so try to walk
silently until a shadow across the sun-
dried turf in front of me blushes

curls and slides down a bank.
I stop, tell you what I've seen, smile
at the luck. You jump onto a log.

For the rest of the wal ... More

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