States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'the bus' by Susie Anderson

I am always on the edge of being careless. if I am leaving a table at a bar, for example, people always remind me to pick up my phone or my wallet as opposed to forgetting it. it is kind that people care to remind me. leaving the bus I didn't have enough time to do my checklist, which involves locating important items like my Opal card, wallet and phone. after I got off I knew I didn't have my Opal card. I looked fervently through all my bags anyway. I took out my wallet and my phone and my diary and shook my books by the spine to loosen the pages. my efforts only revealed a lack. it's an old habit to cling and lament things that are lost, but I suspect that habit also drove off on the bus along Military road. I am surprised at my ability of letting go.

 

Susie Anderson


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Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson is a writer and multimedia artist based in Sydney, Australia. A descendent of the Wergaia and Wemba Wemba people from north western Victoria, her practice is concerned with the distances between place and people, themes she explores through prose poetry and media based works. Susie has performed and presented widely at literary festivals and events in Australia and abroad, and in 2015 co-ran an event of collaborative poetry performances at the National Young Writers Festival in Newcastle. Selected publications include Alien She, Keep Brave, Shabby Doll House, The Lifted Brow, For Every Year and Voiceworks Magazine. Susie was a recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2014.

Susie also makes work as part of the arts collective sociocreative trust, most recently Elsewhere, an exhibition at Redrock Books & Gallery in 2015 and Speak Easy, a curated dinner and performance at the 2016 Festival of Live Art in Melbourne.