States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | 'Inferno I: Invasion Day' by Kia Groom

Thursday, 30 June 2016 13:44

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Kia Groom reads 'Inferno I: Invasion Day' which feature in the 2016 WA anthology.



 Invasion Day

My thighs are cold in the crevice
where the Coke can rested
as I drove. By the mailboxes
the ginger guy is                                                     staring                     again
his back against
my box, meat-pie
eyes, fixed
                                                                                  upon the middle distance
             not looking
at me, like I expect.

I disembark and seek out shadow,
walking in my skin-shoes where the pavement
is the darkest, where
my flesh won't burn. I'm white,
white, white – invisible
as ghost – the sidewalk of my hips
untrodden by their fingertips. A sunburned
country, empty.

I know summer from the sticky
pools of ice-cream melting in the eyes
of children, from the stink of burning
flesh on barbeques.

A guy walks past with a fresh
tattoo:                                                                    the Southern Cross all slick
                                                                                with blood and fluid,
in Glad Wrap
like a lump
of steak.

I salivate. I sink
my teeth into his arm.

I am so hungry.

Kia Groom

'Inferno I: Invasion Day' appears in States of Poetry - WA. You can learn more about States of Poetry and read the full anthologies here.

Read Kia Groom's biography in 'States of Poetry - WA'

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    Fantastic. Unexpected. I love it!

    Saturday, 21 April 2018 23:39 posted by  Laura Little

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