'Active Shooter' by Liam Ferney | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

a gunman is a gunman is a gunman
like the chorus line tryout i felt nothing

it was worth noting the small matter
of gathering rare ingredients for a drink

a monday morning death toll
as specific as thursday’s Powerball

this time he can’t be arsed with the filter
it doesn’t come up at the crumbs

of somebody from the health team’s birthday
in a lunch room packed with a mail out

she forgets about it and hits refresh
details washed like an easy stain

the untroubled market hardly wobbles
while the algorithms digest the data

Liam Ferney

Liam Ferney

Liam Ferney

Liam Ferney's most recent collection Content (2016, Hunter Publishing) was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. His previous collections are Boom (2013, Grand Parade Poets) and Popular Mechanics (2004, Interactive Press). He is a media manager, poet and aspiring left back living in Brisbane.