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'derailed' by Chris Arnold | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Chris Arnold
13 October 2017

excerpt from Ligature

he drops his shoulders
lets out his breath
finds himself benched
between green wood slats and
a black plastic platter of sushi,
disposable sticks in his hand.
ache on his right eye like a river stone
thinking like five hands
at the piano.     city stratified in front
his eye’s diameter
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About Chris Arnold | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

States of Poetry
13 October 2017

Chris ArnoldChris Arnold lives in Perth and used to work as a software engineer. He was published in Westerly’s first writers’ development program, and now works as the journal’s web editor. In 2017, Chris commenced a cr ... More

'Graphology Endgame 100: I am a dickhead' by John Kinsella | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

John Kinsella
13 October 2017

I am a dickhead in ways I thought I wasn’t
I am a dickhead in ways people who call me a dickhead can’t imagine
I am a dickhead in ways people who call me a dickhead can imagine
I am a dickhead with residues and hangovers of misapplic ... More

'Grasshopper' by John Kinsella | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

John Kinsella
13 October 2017

Grasshopper on the window, the flyscreen, and stepping out
into the beige heat, over us. Tangled in our hair, hooked to our backs.

Grasshopper, cod wisdom. Grasshopper contraband on the eye-
out for plagues. The Australian Plague Locust and its tendency

to shift character when gathered together. In worship. In parliament.
O phase polyphenism, in which mor ... More

'Sui Generis' by John Kinsella | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

John Kinsella
13 October 2017

It rained heavy, ridiculously heavy, when the heat
was at its peak, and then it went dry – the ebb & flow
of the surface-water, the water soaked deep. It’s
thin-on now, even vanished. A dry creeping towards
longer cold nights. The tank is down to 20 000 litres,
or thereabouts. And no clean air for weeks, as farmers
have burnt their tinderish stubble to ash, ... More

'harbour' by Josephine Clarke | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

Harbours h res

 Josephine Clarke

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'Nonna' by Josephine Clarke | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

– photograph 1964.

at the bridal table
in front of Mill Hall stage
she is small
and tight lipped       flowers
from somebody’s garden
in a bucket behind her head

the shell of her jacket
loose
as though she has been
deflated
her chest an empty cavity

all that sheen –
hat, suit
damask on the table ... More

'Your Bed' by Lucy Dougan | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Lucy Dougan
13 October 2017

For my mother

The young men,
friends of our middle one,
camp nights in your bed.
Some leave it with hospital corners,
some leave it like a lair to revisit
and some make cocoons on top.
In most cases
they are shaping up.
On kitchen raids
they all report sound sleep
and I wonder what it is
that breaches their dreams
as t ... More

About Lucy Dougan | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

States of Poetry
13 October 2017

Lucy Dougan’s books include White Clay (Giramondo, 2007), Meanderthals (Web del Sol), and The Guardians (Giramondo, 2015), which won the WA Premier's Book Awar More

State Editor's Introduction by Kevin Brophy | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Kevin Brophy
13 October 2017

Poetry, in ‘stilling things’, as Martin Heidegger suggested in 1950, is nevertheless always restlessly active. These six voices are six stills from a fast-moving history of poetry in W More

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