Stuart Barnes

Stuart Barnes's Glasshouses (University of Queensland Press, August 2016) won the 2015 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. Since 2013 he has been poetry editor for Tincture Journal. He tweets as @StuartABarnes.

'Horus and Set' by Stuart Barnes | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

States of Poetry Queensland - Series One 22 February 2016
From his ebony eyriethe moon is salubrious,round as the white lotus' root.The desert's his adversary. The moon is salubriouswith his godly left eye.The desert's his adversary,spiteful, like a hippopotamus. With his godly left eyethe moon is neither ossuary,nor spiteful, like a hippopotamus,a shape-shifting crocodile. The moon is not an ossuary.The desert is a troglodyte,a shape-shifting crocodi ... (read more)

'Fingal Valley' by Stuart Barnes | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

States of Poetry Queensland - Series One 22 February 2016
Nan's budgerigar,cat fed    squeezing like the morningfog between oxidized barbedwire and gorsewith an older cousinwith a slug gun booting sheep skullsstripped by gusts, our fathers'1950s snares    swooped by plovers,daring: 'yellow spurs! forearmsup!'   shooting star-lings for laughs another exhausted afternoon:a hotted-up Torana: another burnoutto Warran ... (read more)

'Black Cockatoos' by Stuart Barnes | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

States of Poetry Queensland - Series One 22 February 2016
after David Brooks Red-tailed Bedouinsof Poetry, blackcockatoos embroiderthe sun into us,seam-rip it asunder.*On the Fitzroy'sbank at midday,cracking seeds of eucalyptsthat outrank Council, a hundredBanks' black cockatoos,a paroxysm of commas.*With their subtlercomplex-ions, the females infinitelymore beautifulthan the ludic-rously coloured gatherers.*The gospel according to the locals:'Four blac ... (read more)