'Deep Sea Love' by Stuart Barnes | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

... it shimmers, it does not stop, and I think it wants me.
—Sylvia Plath, 'A Birthday Present'

Here's some activity you may have missed:
pompadour-lure hung three days after I
disentangle.
                       'It misses me.'
The fourth: A lot has happened on
Facebook since you last logged in. And later:
Do you know [famous so-and-so]? You have more
friends on Facebook than you think.
                                                               Emboldened,
the fifth: You have new friends on Facebook.
'You can never have enough friends!' O.M.,
M.H. and two others have their birthday
today on the sixth.
                                 Her photophore
shimmers   shimmers   shimmers. I bite, dissolving skins.
Parasite, I atrophy to gonads: deepsea
love for my common black devil, my humpback.

Stuart Barnes

Stuart Barnes

Stuart Barnes

Stuart Barnes's Glasshouses (University of Queensland Press, August 2016) won the 2015 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. Since 2013 he has been poetry editor for Tincture Journal. He tweets as @StuartABarnes.

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