Omar Musa

'Blood Poetry' by Omar Musa | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Omar Musa
23 February 2016

I dip my finger in its redness –
a little wild honey for you
& a little for me,
beloved.

Each letter bears
             the unmistakable scent,
the iron perfume,
the dreams of lung,
vein & the battlefield.

At the window,
trembling,
befriending trees & cats with ... More

'Teargas sunset (unfinished)' by Omar Musa | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Omar Musa
23 February 2016

I

Having narrowly escaped jetlag,
             I ate a mushroom omelette
             in Galata Square,
with wrinkled black olives
             on the side
    &nbs ... More

'The fear (unfinished)' by Omar Musa | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Omar Musa
23 February 2016

They said,
'be afraid.'

And the people became afraid.

I stood,
              a dwarf in a petrified forest,
              watching them dance the ancient dance —
           & ... More

'Do you remember?' by Omar Musa | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Omar Musa
23 February 2016

The desert dreams of harvest,
of holy writ & rain.

The city dreams of ruin,
of upturned cars
& vine-dressed churches.

The tiger dreams of freedom,
of shaking loose the stake & chain
& racing into shadows
large enough to hold it.

But me?

I dream of you.

There was a time we collected
dolphin's teeth
&a ... More

'The moon (unfinished)' by Omar Musa | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Omar Musa
23 February 2016

One day,
after it has died,
we will hold a vigil for the moon.

We will burn candles,
cheap mimics of its light,
& utter prayers we forgot to utter

while it still lived.
And we will say,
'Remember how it
spoke to us its bone-coloured dreams?
Remember how it gave us hope
when all else seemed savage?'

And some will say it was ... More

About Omar Musa | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Australian Book Review
23 February 2016


Omar MusaOmar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper, and poet from Queanbeyan. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and th ... More