'Syllabic Patterning' by Michael Farrell

He went down to the shed to look for a chook
a particular one he’d seen earlier that morning
one he realised he’d never seen before, and
that seemed to have disappeared. It was brown
with white markings, distinctive, like wallpaper

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Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell grew up in Bombala, New South Wales, and has lived in Melbourne since 1990 (Fitzroy since 2008). His most recent poetry book is Cocky's Joy; he also has recent chapbooks: the thorn with the boy in its side; same! same! same! same!; Long Dull Poem and roughly proofed (the latter three are available as free downloads). He has a PhD in Australian literature; his revised thesis was published as Writing Australian Unsettlement: Modes of Poetic Invention 1796-1945. He co-wrote the Dick Diver single 'Waste the Alphabet'. Michael was the winner of the 2012 Peter Porter Poetry Prize.

Published in August 2018, no. 403

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