The Unspeak Poems

The Unspeak Poems

The Unspeak Poems and Other Verses

by Tim Thorne

Walleah Press $20 pb, 96 pp, 9781877010439

Graeme Miles

Graeme Miles

Graeme Miles has published two collections of poems: Recurrence

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TheUnspeak Poems, Tim Thorne’s fourteenth collection, is characteristically politically engaged and international in its scope. The best of these poems make use of Thorne’s acute ear for everyday speech. ‘Gettin’ there’, for instance, sad and memorable, creates through jumpy fragments of wry observations and narrative a picture of misguided hope against loaded odds: ‘The saddest place I’ve ever seen / is the bus shelter outside Risdon prison. / You lose about one teddy bear per eviction / on average.’ The same talent is used to different effect in recording the incoherence of racism in ‘7/11’.

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Published in October 2014 no. 365

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