Poem

'The Throne' by Lucy Dougan | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Lucy Dougan
13 October 2017

In crisis
I go to the local library
and do not take out
the book I find,
this one or that one first,
what matter?
Outside beside my car
sits a strange chrome and vinyl seat,
part of a vanity set,
stranded, hieratic, ruined,
like the beautiful straight-backed
low seated chair-people
of Saint-Martin-d’Ardèche.
I ... More

'Old Cat and Dog' by Lucy Dougan | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Lucy Dougan
13 October 2017

The old cat and dog
now sleep in our room
in an uneasy truce
between the floor and bed.
It is as if they are not sure
the house exists
once we no longer light it
or move about it,
once we lie down
in agreement it is night.
It’s come to sit on my chest,
their Stilnox camaraderie,
and when I wake in snatches
I have thought differe ... More

'Girl on a Rug with a Cat' by Lucy Dougan | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Lucy Dougan
13 October 2017

The girl on a rug with a cat
is an entirely decorative proposition.
She curls, the cat curls, even the rug
displays some notion of this movement
with its diverting curlicues.
Life, too, is making a start inside the girl
although she cannot know this right now.
Some contract with another is being made,
even as we speak, on the rug with the cat beside her.< ... More

'Art Detective' by Lucy Dougan | States of Poetry WA - Series Two

Lucy Dougan
13 October 2017

I lie on the couch
like a beaten dog
as Philip Mould advances
on his latest art forensics
and there are these absolutely
free and liberated daubs
of greens and browns
in close-up on the screen.
They are of the earth
in a surprising and counter way
to all that sateen, country houses,
rich people by the yard.
And from my beaten dog pose< ... More

'The New Maps Keep a Weather Eye' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
27 September 2017

Bold shades of autumn leaf – or blazing embers’ light,
bright to extinguished, as if fires set
in hearths huddled closely in the dirt were offset
by pallid oceans with their artificial light.
A More

'Attention, Please' by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
27 September 2017

Having comprehensively disposed of that chestnut,
shoved it on a skip,
I have more questions to put to you than the Socratic
in our grocer.
First, I want you to step out of those non sequiturs, com More

'Art Detective' by Lucy Dougan

Lucy Dougan
30 August 2017

I lie on the couch
like a beaten dog
as Philip Mould advances
on his latest art forensics
and there are these absolutely
free and liberated daubs
of greens and browns
in close-up on the screen.
They are of the earth
in a surprising and counter way
to all that sateen, country houses,
rich people by the yard.
And from my beaten dog pose< ... More

'Little Fly' by Fay Zwicky

Fay Zwicky
23 July 2017

My Mužka (‘little fly’ in Czech)
Goes softly but she goeth sure.
She stumbles not as larger creatures do,
Her journey’s shorter so she may endure
More puissant than do those who further go.< More

'Black Door with Snow' by Shari Kocher

Shari Kocher
29 May 2017

After Georgia O’Keeffe: Series 1 – From the Plains, 1919 and Back Door with Snow, 1955

The essential thing is what we always miss.

Jorge Luis Borges

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