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

Pam Brown

on the first night
coo coo cooroo
falsetto blues singer

       blinded by the hurt
       coz I'm
       blinded by the hurt

troubled refrain 
slowly building
backing singers

       it's intersubjective
 &nb ... More

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

Pam Brown

to think the
       future

                               I've
&nb ... More

States of Poetry - New South Wales | 'time conquers all' by Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson

all of the businessmen are pleased to be outside on their lunchbreak. young men looking slightly awkward in suits reminds me of a past lover and I assume I will make this association for the rest of my life. I am always more ready than the men I meet. the clock in the arcade has the inscription above it 'time conquers all'. you could live by such a maxim, I daresay.

 

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States of Poetry - New South Wales | 'the bus' by Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson

I am always on the edge of being careless. if I am leaving a table at a bar, for example, people always remind me to pick up my phone or my wallet as opposed to forgetting it. it is kind that people care to remind me. leaving the bus I didn't have enough time to do my checklist, which involves locating important items like my Opal card, wallet and phone. after I got off I knew I didn't have my ... More

States of Poetry - New South Wales | 'small town apocalypse' by Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson

she used to walk out to the road at the end of town, put her arms and legs up to the sky and stretch out to reach all of the stars. the next summer it seemed like she would never have the chance to do it again, because of the locusts. everywhere in the town there were dead locusts covering the roads. locusts met their deaths on windscreens of cars and meshed inextricably into the grates of the ... More

States of Poetry - New South Wales | 'minimum spend' by Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson

at the patisserie the waitresses speak in French to each other while they slowly put in your coffee order. they do not seem rushed and their dialogue makes the experience seem authentic. I did not have cash and asked if they had a minimum on card. it was $10 and I had to add a chocolate truffle to my order to meet the price. I laughed to deflect attention from getting chocolate in the morning a ... More

States of Poetry 2016 Podcast | State editor Felicity Plunkett introduces the Queensland anthology

In this episode of the Australian Book Review's States of Poetry Podcast, state editor Felicity Plunkett introduces the 2016 Queensland poets: Nathan Shepherdson, Ellen van Neerve More

States of Poetry 2016 SA Podcast | 'Oxytocin' by Kate Llewellyn

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Francesca Sasnaitis introduces Kate Llewellyn who reads her poem 'Oxytocin' which features in the 2016 South More

States of Poetry - New South Wales | 'From the Balcony: Sunday Afternoon' by David Malouf

David Malouf

Today in Sunday weather grevillia leaves
in turmoil, no evident breeze. A sugar hit. A honey
-eater, upside down at tilt and tumble.

The body also in Sunday mode. The mind
idling on automatic with no need
to be occupied or coloured, having come at last

to the end of a long apprenticeship in learning to leave
well alone. No empire to account to. No
a ... More

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

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