States of Poetry WA Poems

States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | 'Phantasmagoria' by Kia Groom

30 June 2016

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

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States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | 'Tulpa' by Kia Groom

30 June 2016

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

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

30 June 2016

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

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States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | from 'Emails to Manila' by Graham Kershaw

30 June 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Graham Kershaw reads from 'Emails to Manila' which features in the 2016 Western Australian anthology.

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States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | 'Reading the Landscape' by J.P. Quinton

27 June 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, J.P. Quinton reads his poem 'Reading the Landscape' which features in the 2016 WA anthology.

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States of Poetry 2016 Podcast | State editor Lucy Dougan introduces the Western Australian anthology

16 May 2016

In this episode of the Australian Book Review's States of Poetry Podcast, state editor Lucy Dougan introduces the 2016 Western Australian poets: Barbara Temperton, Charmaine Paper More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | 'Anniversary' by Barbara Temperton

Barbara Temperton
15 April 2016

We've been in mourning just over a year,
or just under, depending on the date we're marking.
Not always celebrations, anniversaries
have a way of keeping their appointments:
they're ticked off at the level of the body
and brain, our biochemical wakes.

I've felt strange all week, sick and sleep-obsessed,
a willed agoraphobic. Show me the cave
I need to ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | 'Foxes' Lair' by Barbara Temperton

Barbara Temperton
15 April 2016

Casuarina leaves disable the dog.
He halts on the track ahead, scratches,
then sits and sulks, his undercarriage
a matt of clinging tendrils.
My hands prickle with casuarina scales
so small they're almost unseen,
but my palms know they're there
and the dog does, too, his eyes accusing.
The she-oaks shouldn't have been a surprise,
but were. We came up ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | 'My Mother’s Ravens’ by Barbara Temperton

Barbara Temperton
15 April 2016

They toll hours. I trace the peak and trough of raven-call
through brick veneer walls to the hospital – an hour away –
with every throaty rattle, to my Aunt, morphine
pump filtering sleep. She's comfortable, her nurses say.
Housebound with telephone, I'm waiting, listening
for whispering oxygen, for rattle-claws on tiles,
black birds stalking roofs of this cind ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘Ghost Nets: an elegy’ by Barbara Temperton

Barbara Temperton
15 April 2016

Evening, at the edge of the reef
a ghost net snags my fishing line.
Lead-core line is made to last and often
braided round plastic craypots tumbling
from West Coast to Madagascar
to shroud the coastline over there.

I write my dead friend's name in foam,
watch a wave rush it away.
In another's name a rose adrift
surfs an off-shore rip away
ove ... More

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