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States of Poetry - New South Wales | 'Ascriptions' by Pam Brown

Pam Brown

I love the whole world
          she said,
  without sounding
   corporate

           (Agnes Martin
                          said it) ... More

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

Carolyn Abbs

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 - Western Australia | ‘Triple Mirrors’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs

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 - Western Australia | ‘Surely Someone’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs

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 - Western Australia | ‘Orphan’s Boot’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs

(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 - Western Australia | ‘At the house where my father was born’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs

'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 - Western Australia | ‘Tulpa’ by Kia Groom

Kia Groom

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

I.

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 - Western Australia | ‘Phantasmagoria’ by Kia Groom

Kia Groom

Dot by dot, the backs
of eyelids. Draw it slowly,
shape of sentimental spine.
You curve that way.

I breathe the countdown
& the world falls, air by air.

In the white room you cloud
over bedsheets,
unsettled weather, & no electric
light will dare illuminate.

Your skin tastes clean sky,
polished gray. That clarity,
sharp ... More

States of Poetry - Western Australia | ‘Inferno:I’ by Kia Groom

Kia Groom

Invasion Day

 

My thighs are cold in the crevice
where the Coke can rested
as I drove. By the mailboxes
the ginger guy is                                                     staring             ... More

States of Poetry - Western Australia | ‘Catholic Education’ by Kia Groom

Kia Groom

Itch in the vein, the road hot still
from sun, an asphalt stream
bisecting unlit houses. Slip of an alley
cat through a spittle of starlight.

Last cigarette, the way Em curls
her yellow fingers into small mouthed
sweater sleeves.

Clock tower bites light through the empty
parking lot. Gates we broke apart last summer, same
time I lost the laces ... More

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