States of Poetry WA

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘Tulpa’ by Kia Groom

Kia Groom
15 April 2016

from the Tibetan meaning 'to build' or 'to construct'

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In 1992, Alice made a Tulpa.

Carry an amulet. Kiss its three sharp corners. Shine.

It began subjective, but with practice could be seen: imagined ghost that flickered in the physical world, a sort of self-
induced hallucination.

Recall the chalk clouds. Recall the scent of ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘At the house where my father was born’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs
15 April 2016

'It hurts to go through walls, it makes you sick,
but it's necessary.' − Tomas Tranströmer

I'd expected a labyrinth of small dark rooms, yet
the house was lit marigold         scooped out like a pumpkin for Halloween
Flames flickered and spat in a wide fireplace
   &nbs ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘Orphan’s Boot’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs
15 April 2016

(found in rubble beneath a church — New Norcia)

Distempered walls crowd in cold at the old
schoolroom, resonant with the chant of times
tables, scrape of chalk on slate; a nun might
have leant over a child, white dust on her cuff.

This afternoon, light from a slit window catches
a silver crucifix and reflects onto the dome
of glass cabinet, li ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘Surely Someone’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs
15 April 2016

Tenement Building (black & white photograph)
Chris Kilip, Tate Britain, 2014

 

you view the house from across the street
part of a terrace       it fills the frame
the roof is cut off       no sky      dim light

upstairs      a balcony
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States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘Triple Mirrors’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs
15 April 2016

After you died, Nana, I went to your room,
it was dark like that place beneath the breakwater
where barnacles cling and children never dare hide

I opened a blind, a stuck window, breeze fanned
and fanned the room, light across your dressing-
table, triple mirrors. Amidst perfume bottles,

hairbrush, amber beads, your art deco box,
walnut with inlaid mothe ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘Tulips in Black and White’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs
15 April 2016

Sadness overwhelms me in this circle of cut
flowers; some face me, plead for help, but if

I were to cradle one tulip-heavy head in my palm
like a premature baby, would its petals (that remind

me of my mother's skin when she was old) fall
to the floor? Others turn away in a dried blush

of shame. Just a few plump bodies flaunt sheen
on velvet cloaks, ye ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | About Barbara Temperton

Australian Book Review
15 April 2016

Barbara TempertonBarbara Temperton (photograph by Di Sinclair-Thomas)

Barbara Temperton ... More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | About Charmaine Papertalk-Green

Australian Book Review
15 April 2016

Charmaine Papertalk GreenCharmaine Papertalk-Green

Charmaine ... More

States of Poetry - Western Australia | About Carolyn Abbs

Australian Book Review
15 April 2016
Carolyn Abbs grew up in the south of England, and now lives in Fremantle, Western Australia. More

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | About Graham Kershaw

Australian Book Review
15 April 2016

Graham KershawGraham Kershaw

Graham Kershaw is the author of novels, stories, essays an ... More

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