Paul Hetherington

'River' by Paul Hetherington | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

States of Poetry ACT - Series One 22 February 2016
There was never an explanationas to why he walked into the river,took hold of a logand floated away.They found lettersbut the love he expressedin sometimes obsessive detailwas no explanation –except, the coroner declaredthat perhaps it indicated'a lack of a grasp', etc.Someone who saw him pass bysaid that he was waterlogged;another said he sat upright,as if triumphant, and was singing;a third (u ... (read more)

'Eyes' by Paul Hetherington | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

States of Poetry ACT - Series One 22 February 2016
for BL(from 'Paintings')   A hundred eyesexamine me like an insect,red and yellow like fear.What walks about mein dirty boots, holding my ideasridiculous? Whose facevisits restless nights,threatening to blank my dreams –a near-perfect oval and no-colour;obliteration like a smile?The painting becomes a murderof Aztec nobility in the Templeand time droningthrough aeons of absence,away from ... (read more)

'Dwelling' by Paul Hetherington | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

States of Poetry ACT - Series One 22 February 2016
Every morning, with an authorityof clinging, earthy foundationsa house sat in air.Inside someone was singing an ariaabout how love inflects its failingsand a woman, absorbed in her toiletteconsidered how pained words workthe world awry, even as air fills with song.Outside a man hammered boardsto make a dwelling; crows sat on a wireas if planning insurrection.Drought held paddocks tightlyas a team ... (read more)

'Black Dress' by Paul Hetherington | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

States of Poetry ACT - Series One 22 February 2016
for TAW(from 'Paintings') This black dressis also a painting –it hangs on a wallwhere light holds it close.It's a doorway to placesno-one quite knows;that bloom and rainwith extravagant vistas. We've sometimes enteredinto the paintingdipping dark hats,watching childrenriding down lanes(their slit-eyed scrutinyprickling our backs),finding a housemade out of art –colourful images; chaotic sign ... (read more)