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'Detracking the Body Examinate' by John Kinsella | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

John Kinsella
13 October 2017

We are thrilled to find evidence of roos returning –
after being driven out of the reserve and slaughtered
by hunters, the survivors are finding refuge at Jam Tree Gully.
The vestiges of the old mob. And maybe new mob driven
this way by hunters down on Victoria Plains. In the long grass
they hide. They make tracks and graze and flatten
areas for rest. They are More

'Sui Generis' by John Kinsella | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

John Kinsella
13 October 2017

It rained heavy, ridiculously heavy, when the heat
was at its peak, and then it went dry – the ebb & flow
of the surface-water, the water soaked deep. It’s
thin-on now, even vanished. A dry creeping towards
longer cold nights. The tank is down to 20 000 litres,
or thereabouts. And no clean air for weeks, as farmers
have burnt their tinderish stubble to ash, ... More

About John Kinsella | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

States of Poetry
13 October 2017

John Kinsella’s most recent volumes of poetry are On the Outskirts (UQP, 2017) Firebreaks (WW Norton, 2016), Drowning in Wheat: Selected poems 1980–2015 (Pic More

'Swimming Pool' by John Kinsella | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

John Kinsella
13 October 2017

for Lorraine and Tony

Not an expression of wealth but one of quiet desperation,
the heat and dry eviscerating hope – a giant shadehouse
of green cloth, and an above-ground keyhole
swimming pool, with avocadoes and ferns edging
the cement slabs, aura in the midday twilight.

And the red dust, too fine to shut out, decorating
the aqua-emerald wat ... More

'harbour' by Josephine Clarke | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

Harbours h res

 Josephine Clarke

... More

'Aftermath:' by Josephine Clarke | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

Landscape photographs from Black Saturday by John Gollings
Fremantle Arts Centre, July 2015.

enter a room and find stripes of night on each of the walls

pines have been hushed

black trunks block the light sky
and underfoot the ash is soft, waiting for wind

              there can ... More

'Cantonment' by Josephine Clarke | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

– Dwerda Weelardinup

The whistle of the djidi-djidi on the army tank
slices the evening grey. Someone
is walking their dog. I am walking me
around this once defensive hill.

Gun House, Rifle Cottage. Cantonment.
Embers of a campfire through the scrub.
Quarried and tunnelled
– gradient constantly resettled.

At the Gunners ... More

'Nonna' by Josephine Clarke | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

– photograph 1964.

at the bridal table
in front of Mill Hall stage
she is small
and tight lipped       flowers
from somebody’s garden
in a bucket behind her head

the shell of her jacket
loose
as though she has been
deflated
her chest an empty cavity

all that sheen –
hat, suit
damask on the table ... More

'on that last morning' by Josephine Clarke | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Josephine Clarke
13 October 2017

we remembered
your face, pink, lit like we’d never seen it
when your hands at your shoulders met his
       for the Pride of Erin
the ease of your gliding
       for the three-four Modern Waltz
that marquisite brooch on the bodice
of your teal best dress

your stepping in perfect union on the dance flo ... More

'Your Bed' by Lucy Dougan | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Lucy Dougan
13 October 2017

For my mother

The young men,
friends of our middle one,
camp nights in your bed.
Some leave it with hospital corners,
some leave it like a lair to revisit
and some make cocoons on top.
In most cases
they are shaping up.
On kitchen raids
they all report sound sleep
and I wonder what it is
that breaches their dreams
as t ... More

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