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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

'Detracking the Body Examinate' by John Kinsella | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

John Kinsella
13 October 2017

We are thrilled to find evidence of roos returning –
after being driven out of the reserve and slaughtered
by hunters, the survivors are finding refuge at Jam Tree Gully.
The vestiges of the old mob. And maybe new mob driven
this way by hunters down on Victoria Plains. In the long grass
they hide. They make tracks and graze and flatten
areas for rest. They are 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

About John Kinsella | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

States of Poetry
13 October 2017

John Kinsella’s most recent volumes of poetry are On the Outskirts (UQP, 2017) Firebreaks (WW Norton, 2016), Drowning in Wheat: Selected poems 1980–2015 (Pic More

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

John Kinsella
13 October 2017

for Lorraine and Tony

Not an expression of wealth but one of quiet desperation,
the heat and dry eviscerating hope – a giant shadehouse
of green cloth, and an above-ground keyhole
swimming pool, with avocadoes and ferns edging
the cement slabs, aura in the midday twilight.

And the red dust, too fine to shut out, decorating
the aqua-emerald wat ... More

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

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

Harbours h res

 Josephine Clarke

... More

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

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

Landscape photographs from Black Saturday by John Gollings
Fremantle Arts Centre, July 2015.

enter a room and find stripes of night on each of the walls

pines have been hushed

black trunks block the light sky
and underfoot the ash is soft, waiting for wind

              there can ... More

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

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

– Dwerda Weelardinup

The whistle of the djidi-djidi on the army tank
slices the evening grey. Someone
is walking their dog. I am walking me
around this once defensive hill.

Gun House, Rifle Cottage. Cantonment.
Embers of a campfire through the scrub.
Quarried and tunnelled
– gradient constantly resettled.

At the Gunners ... More

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