States of Poetry Series Two - Victoria | 'Principle of Insufficient Reason' by Gig Ryan

 I remember you as you were, polished and dismissive
now sawdust and spangles lie on cedar.
‘Insufficient funds’ responds to my favoured transaction
at the checkout’s dystopia, a green-haired maenad slices the machine.
You saw in the eyes the future going away.
It carouses in the shadows
a watery silhouette of vengeance.

Mouth in ashes, words lie in air.
They trot off to a knobbly paradigm
while you manoeuvre the street,
another dickhead on a slab punishing childhood.
Grey object of consternation who could’ve etc., blither,
as past’s sorrowed turquoise eyes cream distance.
Melodrama thickens in a showroom and a cap of tin.
Outside, cars parley and stars replace attrition.
Embrace the true world shoved in a treetop
and the particulate rainbow mugging the horizon.
There lies the repentant wafer
or the two-timing retreads of yesteryear.

Gig Ryan

Published in Read On (2018) edited by Pete Spence.

Gig Ryan

Gig Ryan

Gig Ryan has published six books of poetry and her New and Selected Poems was published in 2011 (Giramondo, Australia; and Bloodaxe, United Kingdom). She has reviewed Australian poetry over many years particularly in The Age and ABR, and has written extended articles on Les Murray, Judith Wright, and Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer. She has also written songs with her occasional band Driving Past, and has been Poetry Editor of The Age since 1998. (Photograph by Mia Schoen)


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