States of Poetry Victoria

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'New Dr Williams' by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
01 March 2016

Who are you? You hear the song, the
Good line along with the others in the
Hair salon. That place for standing in; for< ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Rich Tune' by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
01 March 2016

 Strawberries: a mania of strawberries on a
   Turntable

   ________

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States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'The Distances' by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
01 March 2016

Like a teacup in a snowstorm I
Find you and break you. A sentry reptile, I advise you
To return quietly to the campfire. You mistakenly took
My interest in theology for a strategy

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States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Australian awe: white guys on life and art before 1788' by A. Frances Johnson

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016

for Marcia Langton

 

The rock-art guide, combusting
in 43 degrees, back to image.
His sloppy dreamtime
a melted ice-cream,
far from refrigerated sublime.

Gwion rock art from the 'Tassel era' is happy art,
though contentiously attributed and dated, he says,
authoritative white sweater in white sweater.
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States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Diary of an Anti-elegist' by A. Frances Johnson

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016

1.
Even poetry dements in the end; fatal attractions to dank earth
and ash albums don't fool or buy time. Poetry cherry-picks
memory for its own ends; yet that's a medicated narcissism for
some. Earnest elegies are often rejected by dogs and children.
Listen to them howl. Voting for life outside of ritual.
I'm on your side; I'm with the hounds and the kids. I won ... More

'Sea Level' by A. Frances Johnson | States of Poetry Vic - Series One

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016

You can't see water beyond the highway hoardings, but you are told Jesus walked on it. This
is your best clue. Dinner settings, security doors, Viagra and tractor parts flash past like
signed miracles.

But you feel something pull, not daintily at your sleeve, but with tidal will,
a blood rush of stark equations of space and gravity you cannot hope to solve.

When ... More

'Shrine' by A. Frances Johnson | States of Poetry Vic - Series One

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were brought to Melbourne in 1839 by the protector of Aborigines, George Robinson, to 'civilise' the Victorian Aborigines. In late 1841, the two men and three women stole two guns and waged a six-week guerilla-style campaign in the Dandenongs and on the Mornington Peninsula, burning stations and killing two sealers. They were charged with murder ... More

'The Book of Interdictions' by A. Frances Johnson | States of Poetry Vic - Series One

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016
 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come ...
Song of Solomon, Verse 11-12

Tow

Lo, the cell phone sleeps in its cell.
The raven deactivates the horizon.
There is water for everyone,
bu ... More

'Breathe' by Cameron Lowe | States of Poetry Vic - Series One

Cameron Lowe
01 March 2016

The particulars of the evening being, whether consciously
        evoked or – 'a great shemozzle'
                     as Kent said –
          merely one day washing over and into the depths
& ... More

'Grape days' by Cameron Lowe | States of Poetry Vic - Series One

Cameron Lowe
01 March 2016

1

The sound of shovels scraping
gravel, voices

of men – the night's
heat

clinging still –

Awake to this, or
swimming

yet in sleep
you mumble –

A fly

is walking
on your forehead

 

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'Ten thousand women
             an ... More

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