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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

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'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

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

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

– photograph 1964.

at the bridal table
in front of Mill Hall stage
she is small
and tight lipped       flowers
from somebody’s garden
in a bucket behind her head

the shell of her jacket
loose
as though she has been
deflated
her chest an empty cavity

all that sheen –
hat, suit
damask on the table ... More

'on that last morning' by Josephine Clarke | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

we remembered
your face, pink, lit like we’d never seen it
when your hands at your shoulders met his
       for the Pride of Erin
the ease of your gliding
       for the three-four Modern Waltz
that marquisite brooch on the bodice
of your teal best dress

your stepping in perfect union on the dance flo ... More

'Your Bed' by Lucy Dougan | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Lucy Dougan
13 October 2017

For my mother

The young men,
friends of our middle one,
camp nights in your bed.
Some leave it with hospital corners,
some leave it like a lair to revisit
and some make cocoons on top.
In most cases
they are shaping up.
On kitchen raids
they all report sound sleep
and I wonder what it is
that breaches their dreams
as t ... More

'The Throne' by Lucy Dougan | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Lucy Dougan
13 October 2017

In crisis
I go to the local library
and do not take out
the book I find,
this one or that one first,
what matter?
Outside beside my car
sits a strange chrome and vinyl seat,
part of a vanity set,
stranded, hieratic, ruined,
like the beautiful straight-backed
low seated chair-people
of Saint-Martin-d’Ardèche.
I ... More

'Old Cat and Dog' by Lucy Dougan | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Lucy Dougan
13 October 2017

The old cat and dog
now sleep in our room
in an uneasy truce
between the floor and bed.
It is as if they are not sure
the house exists
once we no longer light it
or move about it,
once we lie down
in agreement it is night.
It’s come to sit on my chest,
their Stilnox camaraderie,
and when I wake in snatches
I have thought differe ... More

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