States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Salute' by Ken Bolton

I wonder what happens
in Seb's kitchen, I see
him round the corner
into the room, sun shining, cat
ready for food, a grin
that is mixed of resignation
& amusement eyes alight
for the opportunity
each day brings. I always
liked the way he understood
things – things I've
never understood –
as an open secret, knowledge
with which he nudged me
forward. He faces, I guess,
a beach view, opens orange juice
or sets coffee up
hits the surf? He might. I
never did. In fact, Seb's
gaze said Hi, I'm me you're
you I know what I'm going to do
for the day, what about
you? amused at my life
– the comedy of error—
pleased that I managed it.
I'll put a record on, Seb, like
I always used to – today
one you'd recognise Velvet Underground
live 1969 or Coltrane's Giant Steps
but in the functional way you
would do – the necessary steps – fix
juice, move the cat off the chair, check
the surf. You?


Ken Bolton


Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton lives in Adelaide where he manages the Australian Experimental Art Foundation’s Dark Horsey bookshop. His most recent collections are A Whistled Bit Of Bop (Vagabond Press, 2010) and Sly Mongoose (Puncher & Wattmann, 2011).  Shearsman (UK) issued his Selected Poems in 2013.  He edited Homage to John Forbes (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2002). His art criticism has been collected under the title Art Writing (Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 2009) and can be read here. (Photograph by Bianca Barling)

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