States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'Electric money' by Pam Brown

to think the
       future

                               I've
                   always had
      frugal expectations

thinking
       what cannot
       be thought

           trickgensteinian

                       *

       everyone's
       been to Paris
or claims it

           where influences
           live
           & teach
                     & children
             lift giant leaves
                         & blow
                               fluff

                       *

start to loathe
the sun's
shrivelling                

           affordable viola
                         planted
                       for cheer

wilted

even the sun has cancer
                 (norma cole)

                      *

                             singed

     no
signed

                         repurpose
                           funding
                                   get
       brand poetry t-shirts

rain taxi
book thug
I ate all your bees

                     *

noodle bowls
trestle table

                           white cloth
                       pristine, cool
               embroidered edges

lidless jars
               potent chillis
               fresh bean shoots

mint

                    *

nothing
       'under the bed'
       just dust
       & a five cent piece

                     *

I don't give a

                   *

                       windows
                         rattling
blind cord bead
tap tap

                   a southerly

what's there to say

             you went away
                             twice

               you didn't die

                   *

money
language
time

electric money
               safekeeping
            beyond panic

an ethic
an epic

                         writing
                           to say

hooligan affection

                     takes up
                               all
                     the time

                   *

standing waters

     watery metaphors
                       persist

putrified slime
mites
mal aria
         misaquaterrists!

       forbidden swamp
                 filthy mire
           nether regions

fountains of youth
marshes
ague

                 *

'thinking with'
         undoes
           things

&

the future
             talked past

 

Pam Brown