how strange and Viennese you are today Adelaide
like the skating rink in front of the Rathausplatz
here I am finding it hard to stay upright too
every step I take is cautious
I wonder if it’s a frozen river
that I’m skating on the   ...
Eating a burrito in the Festival Theatre foyer hair in a half-up half-down
Watching umbrellas & people blow through the door looking for E and her mother
Are they wearing furs? Where are they? E loves the theatre doesn’t come late
Two girls walk past in Year 12 jumpers & I never went to my five-year reunion
Hung up these port ...
I sit with you and watch you smoke cigarettes in front of me
you take photographs but not here not of me
I didn’t ask for sugar in my coffee but I didn’t return it either
when the bus leaves you will be on it when the sky opens you will be beneath it
one day in the future we will agree on something
after ‘Dug and Digging With’ – AEAF, July/August 2016
Looking forward to seeing you all day
& arriving at the crowded gallery steps
I say ‘this gallery is full of the same people
desperate to see something different’
but I don’t really believe this I mean I am
only here to see you & ...
Listening to my own listless heart beating & you
beside me I discover we are minor seconds apart
tragic-chromatic but if subtle harmony does exist
it’s a three-year-old playing fists palms & elbows
we manage to stay out of each other’s way mostly
save for collateral clashes/catastrophes: collisions
& rhythms? look at this ven ...
Dominic Symes has had poetry published in Voiceworks, Award Winning Australian Writing (2016), Coldnoon (India), and Broadsheet (New Zealand). His reviews and criticism have appeared i ...