States of Poetry 2016

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Australian awe: white guys on life and art before 1788' by A. Frances Johnson

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016

for Marcia Langton

 

The rock-art guide, combusting
in 43 degrees, back to image.
His sloppy dreamtime
a melted ice-cream,
far from refrigerated sublime.

Gwion rock art from the 'Tassel era' is happy art,
though contentiously attributed and dated, he says,
authoritative white sweater in white sweater.
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States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Gilbert Place - Cafe Boulevard' by Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton
05 April 2016

for Lee Harwood

 

Softly solarised and parallel
two lines echo each other, glow slightly,
in a space that is nowhere

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States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Shorts' by Aidan Coleman

Aidan Coleman
06 April 2016

Octopus

Quick across the twilight road,
the eight legs of the cat.

 

Flood

Water corrects the earth
to flatness, patching fields with sky.

 

Alarm

Little boat of red figures, adrift between two days.

 

Window

The creek slides through the rain's eyelashes.

 

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States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'What Do I Owe Them?' by Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton
06 April 2016

Should the unique serve to typify?
Have they been ill-used? To what purpose?

 

Asian Couple

                    The Asian couple.
I am inclined to think Chinese –
mostly on the basis of size,
but not Japanese (the ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Bent' by Jill Jones

Jill Jones
06 April 2016

I am history now
in the scales, the age of sounds

I make sense then drop it
it gets dirty, it breaks
the ants carry it

I am bent at the switch
my tapes of the archive
decay, loops stutter
glitch arias

I am bent at the floor
facts roll under the chair
little dust songs
or songs outside
the parrots know

and I am sti ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Motivational' by Aidan Coleman

Aidan Coleman
06 April 2016

Fitness: fact, fiction
or fantasy? – among things
meant. Parachutes

open like fuchsias,
picnic hampers
of kittens float quietly

down, as peaks
push through
resplendent mists.

Your sense
falls upward
like helium or blinds,

now it's precisely
subtitled, you realise –
as the first tentative

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States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Immortal Diamond' by Aidan Coleman

Aidan Coleman
06 April 2016

The do-it-yourself piano isn't
kicked to matchwood, and you take
this for affirmation. When we
work out how to switch off
Bob Dylan, your plangent homemades
will go unaccompanied, no longer
sought like an injury lost in the mists
of Hansard. People suggest topics

they won't be using, and this is
more like an archive sneeze
than what yesteryea ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Secondary' by Aidan Coleman

Aidan Coleman
06 April 2016

1.

Angling over star-fields,
the pitches lit like billiard tables.
Those lengths you were shouted up and back,
lungs scoured by brillo air.
The lazier concord of close mown grass
and low hanging fruit
of the short boundary. A tang of primitive
electronics: the circuit board's braille labyrinth,
the slab type of Amstrad.
This callow path, you< ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Alterations to the little black dress' by Jelena Dinic

Jelena Dinic
06 April 2016

A little pin-up
three fingers
above the knees.

Behind the curtain
a dress-up game –
pretty things come undone.

He chalks lines
on raw stitches.
I catwalk.

My body fits the timeless black.
'You can live in it, or die'
smile the lips full of needles.

Do I look a little dead
with black fabric
on bone-pale flesh?

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States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'The Silence of Siskins' by Jelena Dinic

Jelena Dinic
06 April 2016

for my grandfather

 

He circles my arrival
on the calendar.

It is late November
and it doesn't snow.

A wooden pallet
hardens his bed.

He dreams of grandmother.
He doesn't want new dreams.

Two siskins in cages –
their song frozen like the air

that other November
when she lost her heart

c ... More

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