Carmen Leigh Keates

Carmen Leigh Keates is a poet from Brisbane. Her cinema-themed collection Meteorites is published by Whitmore Press and was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards. Carmen works as a writing teacher and learning advisor for higher degree research students, and is also co-editor of foam:e poetry journal.

Exoskeletonism: Writing Poetry about the Films of Akira Kurosawa

These lines are from a second poem of mine about the image of the actor Toshiro Mifune in the Akira Kurosawa film Rashomon (1950), a follow-up to my poem ‘The Bandit Without Mifune’, which refers to an autonomous image of the bandit character waking in the oil of the celluloid – a much better line than those above, I know.

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Wait But Do Not Consider

When she was eighty, we learned, our Gran confronted a man at her window at night. He was from round the bend. His house was down by the Banoon train, the trellis out front displaying unnatural ornaments: two mismatched picture …

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