Poem

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Snake' by Amy Brown

Amy Brown
29 February 2016

We are following a track that loops
around a lake impaled with trees,
a pinned-down habitat for platypuses

I would like to see, so try to walk
silently until a shadow across the sun-
dried turf in front of me blushes

curls and slides down a bank.
I stop, tell you what I've seen, smile
at the luck. You jump onto a log.

For the rest of the wal ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'C.O.U.N.T.R.Y' by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
01 March 2016

You feel this way, kind of free when you lie down

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States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Fancy' by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
01 March 2016

I was riding a shark through Cork, just for the exercise of course
It might seem quaint but rather it was
Gorgeous, like an early morning courtyard
Imagine the dialogue. AC/DC confronts shark
       shark repeats
       shadow prime minister's
Gaffe
You guys are the white Australian Uluru. Fancy, say ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'New Dr Williams' by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
01 March 2016

Who are you? You hear the song, the
Good line along with the others in the
Hair salon. That place for standing in; for< ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Rich Tune' by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
01 March 2016

 Strawberries: a mania of strawberries on a
   Turntable

   ________

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States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'The Distances' by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
01 March 2016

Like a teacup in a snowstorm I
Find you and break you. A sentry reptile, I advise you
To return quietly to the campfire. You mistakenly took
My interest in theology for a strategy

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States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Australian awe: white guys on life and art before 1788' by A. Frances Johnson

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016

for Marcia Langton

 

The rock-art guide, combusting
in 43 degrees, back to image.
His sloppy dreamtime
a melted ice-cream,
far from refrigerated sublime.

Gwion rock art from the 'Tassel era' is happy art,
though contentiously attributed and dated, he says,
authoritative white sweater in white sweater.
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States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | 'Diary of an Anti-elegist' by A. Frances Johnson

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016

1.
Even poetry dements in the end; fatal attractions to dank earth
and ash albums don't fool or buy time. Poetry cherry-picks
memory for its own ends; yet that's a medicated narcissism for
some. Earnest elegies are often rejected by dogs and children.
Listen to them howl. Voting for life outside of ritual.
I'm on your side; I'm with the hounds and the kids. I won ... More

'Sea Level' by A. Frances Johnson | States of Poetry Vic - Series One

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016

You can't see water beyond the highway hoardings, but you are told Jesus walked on it. This
is your best clue. Dinner settings, security doors, Viagra and tractor parts flash past like
signed miracles.

But you feel something pull, not daintily at your sleeve, but with tidal will,
a blood rush of stark equations of space and gravity you cannot hope to solve.

When ... More

'Shrine' by A. Frances Johnson | States of Poetry Vic - Series One

A. Frances Johnson
01 March 2016
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were brought to Melbourne in 1839 by the protector of Aborigines, George Robinson, to 'civilise' the Victorian Aborigines. In late 1841, the two men and three women stole two guns and waged a six-week guerilla-style campaign in the Dandenongs and on the Mornington Peninsula, burning stations and killing two sealers. They were charged with murder ... More
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