States of Poetry Series Two

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

Liam Ferney
17 October 2017

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 birthd ... More

'Sympathy for the Devil: A tweet storm' by Liam Ferney | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

Liam Ferney
17 October 2017

my name is abundance his name is love
charlie doesn’t advise does charlie
command? accrete necessary details
you can parse anything try

what’s a poor girl to do? parade us
as students we are your daughters
we lived as armies liberate villages
we all knew money wasn’t pure

my name is disturbance his name is love
you have an awful lot of gu ... More

About Liam Ferney | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

States of Poetry
16 October 2017

Liam Ferney States of Poetry QLDLiam Ferney's most recent collection Content (2016, Hunter Publishing) was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. His previous collections are Boom (201 ... More

'losing the slums' by Pascalle Burton | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

Pascalle Burton
16 October 2017

after the Saint Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) Examination

at midpoint I take a call from work – don’t want to, though
all jobs are made up anyway and I’m not in today

the first year without ... More

'composition in retrospect' by Pascalle Burton | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

Pascalle Burton
16 October 2017

we started in 1981 and compleTed in 1988.
in 1983 the first portioN
of it was included in john cagE's book x ...

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'bodies breathe in by themselves' by Pascalle Burton | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

Pascalle Burton
16 October 2017

gurgle /ˈɡəːɡ(ə)l
grandmothers carry prams to term / babysit baby’s baby / regurgitated capsule
commuters exhale daily day into night aircon carriage ...

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'a less tangible currency at play' by Pascalle Burton | States of Poetry Queensland - Series Two

Pascalle Burton
16 October 2017

Expressing
to the world
a raw idea
how to be watched
but also

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'stones sequence sucked' by Pascalle Burton | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

Pascalle Burton
16 October 2017

(after Samuel Beckett’s Molloy)

still. but not quite.
I drew on the right
of time.

the other way (I have this solution):
escape that hazard
circulating always.

before I began
(before the hope of circulation)
I began better.

during the remaining of my of my
of my of my
(plus one in my),

I arrive at my mind ... More

About Pascalle Burton | States of Poetry - Series Two

States of Poetry
16 October 2017

Pascalle Burton is a poet and performer with an interest in conceptual art and cultural theory. Her projects include UN/SPOOL (with Nathan Shepherdson), 24 Hour Gym (with Tessa Ro More

State Editor's Introduction by Felicity Plunkett | States of Poetry Queensland - Series Two

Felicity Plunkett
16 October 2017

In his luminous paean to poetry, modestly titled How to Read a Poem, Edward Hirsch writes that ‘poetry is made of metaphor’. This lucid statement is beautiful enough, but as a poet, Hirsch continues, making music, elaborating, forever taking the idea onwards, upwards and outwards, with poetry’s relentless energy: ‘It is a collision,’ he writes, ... More

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