JP Quinton

States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | 'Reading the Landscape' by J.P. Quinton

27 June 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, J.P. Quinton reads his poem 'Reading the Landscape' which features in the 2016 WA anthology.

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States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘Dog Barks Heard from the Kitchen’ by J.P. Quinton

J P Quinton
15 April 2016

The river has always
sat in front of me,
mud between toes
shooting down grassy
hills on cardboard. My
brother dragged a sheep
behind a canoe
to the other side,
and painted a warning
on his rose canvas
when my sister drowned.
She was throwing rocks
when swallowed.

Dog barks heard from the kitchen.

Mum ran screaming up
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States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘Reading the Landscape’ by J.P. Quinton

J P Quinton
15 April 2016

To read a landscape by another landscape;
Valley cloud reveals altitude.

To read the landscape visits the ego
That prevents a proper reading.

To this landscape, the circular fireplace
And a straight trunk – xanthorrhoeas present.

To read this landscape to the tune of other words,
As moisture moves us, is us, drowns us.

To read the landscape ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | 'Site Visit: Ashfield Flats’ by J.P. Quinton

J P Quinton
15 April 2016

Part of the river begins here, car carcasses
Filter run-off, houses fenced off
A two foot foam toy stealth bomber
Discarded in the buffalo – 'the F27C
Striker Brushless' neglected, ignored.

Broken winged, landlocked like concrete islands.
Part of the river begins here,
Sweet mud smell, the hill you slide down
On tin, the old man keen to shoot to shoo ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘the red hut’ by J.P. Quinton

J P Quinton
15 April 2016

grasses sweep grooves in sand, the way streams forge sweeps in earth;
their soft brown tips dangle, like me, the narcissist,
searching for recognition, the call and response
the topographic certainty, the black and white pinions.
cloud gaps are light patch are sunglasses on.
loose rock and lost watch – the alpine flowers dry,
the travelling snow is sliced by skis ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘There is No One to Complain’ by J.P. Quinton

J P Quinton
15 April 2016

I walk to the river,
I am searching,
I am searching for a jar of leeches.
In the distance I see something flashing
so I head toward it.

As I come closer I see
it's a mirror dangling from a tree,
and beneath it, a table with six sealed jars.

I open a jar, stick my finger inside
pull it out –
blood slides down my arm.

I feel the sh ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | About J.P. Quinton

Australian Book Review
15 April 2016

J.P. QuintonJ.P. Quinton

J.P. Quinton lives in Fremantle, Western Australia. He is an adventurer an ... More