States of Poetry Series One

'Horus and Set' by Stuart Barnes | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

Stuart Barnes
08 March 2016

From his ebony eyrie
the moon is salubrious,
round as the white lotus' root.
The desert's his adversary.

The moon is salubrious
with his godly left eye.
The desert's his adversary,
spiteful, like a hippopotamus.

With his godly left eye
the moon is neither ossuary,
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'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

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

Sarah Holland-Batt
08 March 2016

How fine it is to mutiny
against my tired mind—

say self, you are through,
to smash into a mirrorball

of echoes all scaled
in dizzying Nordic blue

feel the universe tilt
and infinitely rebuild

to flicker
like a skerrick of spindle silver

needle-quick,
and never be held—

this is the freedom
of the uni ... More

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

Sarah Holland-Batt
08 March 2016

—for Vera Pavlova, in Mexico City

On the bus to Teotihuacan, we turn
a new god's name on our tongues

like a charm, jagging past
cinderblocked hills

chocked over the motorway,
grey pixels stacked so high they merge

with the smoked white Mexican sky—
then a guitar player in the aisle

begins a song whose only familiar
wo ... 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

'Lapis Lazuli/Sketches from the Nile' by Sarah Holland-Batt | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

Sarah Holland-Batt
08 March 2016

I.

You tilt lapis to your lip –
a day light as wicker.

By the water, bullrushes bow
into sailboat blue, lace-necked

egrets fossick and pick,
and the elements rearrange

a goliath heron's skull to mud.
Up on the embankment

a crouching child scratches
his name into a temple wall.

II.

Ultramarine, lapis lazuli—
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'the black hand of Badia Elmi' by Nathan Shepherdson | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

Nathan Shepherdson
10 March 2016

the black hand of Badia Elmi corrected and cropped

Nathan Shepherdson


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