States of Poetry 2017 - ACT | 'What you get when you search for silence' by Melinda Smith

What you get when you search for silence

(poem composed of Hansard search results from November 1962)

one of his colleagues has gone into a significant silence
to silence us, but this is having no effect

listen in silence
spoken and heard in silence

the Prime Minister has observed an unusual silence on this matter. There was an old Australian play, written many years ago, called “The Silence of Dean Maitland”
The honourable member talked about the silence of Dean Maitland. The silence of Arthur Calwell is the more remarkable aspect of this matter

I received a certain amount of ridicule, and a certain amount of scorn by silence
there is a period of awful silence while research is carried out, and the soldier continues
out of the silence into which he has preferred to enter

I am also conscious of the silence,
that there was silence. That is the answer about the £10,000.

Melinda Smith