Poem

'February Snow' by Sarah Holland-Batt | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

Sarah Holland-Batt
08 March 2016

Unexpected on a day like this—
sun shuttling through the 125th Street bridge,
plastic strung in Harlem's elms like tattered wreaths:
unseasonable, unreasonable spring.
Under the red shadow of the Grant tenements
lunchtime noshers clatter china at Bettolona,
dogwalkers spread out on the grass in Sakura Park,
men from the halfway home
drag their deckchair ... More

'Treecreeper' by Sarah Holland-Batt | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

Sarah Holland-Batt
08 March 2016

Bebop sparkplug spurred in withershins,
loop-de-loop interloper, he hop-steps
ravines of bark, shirking faultlines,
going solo, headstrong, scion of impatience,
juddering like the stalled engine
of prop-plane on tundra runway, skirting
and skimming up, peeling out,
reeling in spiral, spy, scout, prematurely
thrusting into the unknown, Magellan
runnin ... More

'Jealousy of the Undertow/Tombstone' by Lionel Fogarty | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

Lionel Fogarty
09 March 2016

The need to recall the journey
Is her gift to her children?

They are the perfect journalists
To inscribe her tombstone

Outside my bedroom window
I see them walking the path to my door

Who understands the logic?
That they look so much like me

Meanwhile what a lousy deal
They will also in heart my life

This heat reminds me of a cert ... More

'Love and Tradition' by Ellen van Neerven | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

Ellen van Neerven
09 March 2016

for Aunty Nancy Bamaga

rising sea
takes and
breaks into backyards
to trouble families

we cannot live
with the seas in our bellies
we cannot rest
with the sea at our legs

the tide
is coming
to stroke
our dead

we want to know
who unplugged
our island
of childhood

island
of love and tr ... More

'Buffalo Milk' by Ellen van Neerven | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

Ellen van Neerven
09 March 2016

Suck until you burn the room
and the heat numbs
reduced to a sound
wet
like the come and go
of the ocean
water enters
my hand in your hair
my hand
if you leave me childless
this will be yours alone
these marks you make
openings, persuasions
of the woman I will become

Ellen van Neerven
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'Roo Tails' by Ellen van Neerven | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

Ellen van Neerven
09 March 2016

The ground felt like it did when it's about to storm. My feet were brown and my big toe blistered. My grandmother was talking to my grandfather. A wet patch on my grandmother's back. Her hands roping those tails along the fence.

She turned to me and I saw her. Grey. A little heavy. Everything I came here for. A magpie flew lower.

Ellen van Neer ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Gilbert Place - Cafe Boulevard' by Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton
05 April 2016

for Lee Harwood

 

Softly solarised and parallel
two lines echo each other, glow slightly,
in a space that is nowhere

                               #

        ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Shorts' by Aidan Coleman

Aidan Coleman
06 April 2016

Octopus

Quick across the twilight road,
the eight legs of the cat.

 

Flood

Water corrects the earth
to flatness, patching fields with sky.

 

Alarm

Little boat of red figures, adrift between two days.

 

Window

The creek slides through the rain's eyelashes.

 

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States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'What Do I Owe Them?' by Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton
06 April 2016

Should the unique serve to typify?
Have they been ill-used? To what purpose?

 

Asian Couple

                    The Asian couple.
I am inclined to think Chinese –
mostly on the basis of size,
but not Japanese (the ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - South Australia | 'Bent' by Jill Jones

Jill Jones
06 April 2016

I am history now
in the scales, the age of sounds

I make sense then drop it
it gets dirty, it breaks
the ants carry it

I am bent at the switch
my tapes of the archive
decay, loops stutter
glitch arias

I am bent at the floor
facts roll under the chair
little dust songs
or songs outside
the parrots know

and I am sti ... More

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