A lunch poem
Perhaps everyone drives round these blocks forever
as cafes get lost in the trawl of Hindley Street
these blocks, just to see something happen.
‘Adelaide’s No.1 Party Venue’, a kind of inroad
or airborne, the sound, lonely sputnik, hey there
you may arrive at The Woolshed, the all male review
what you may want, KFC, KBox, karaoke.
There’s also the art part amongst lunchtime squelching,
some Germans, a queen and his staffy, tapas, city stuff,
‘Playing Till Late’, and though you’re puzzled, you’ve intuited
from the beginning that Polites isn’t a health regime.
There’s paper scattered round, The Advertiser unreadable
the festival programs unreadable, nothing to do with
what goes on, like happy hour, sex work, making
a custom Tshirt, selling secondhand books,
scoffing schnitties, checking the phone — ‘needs and desires’
an oldfashioned textbook might say, probably still on a shelf
Should we be impressed
with the Fringe or Writers Week or 4 Coronas
for $20? While in Tempo there’s some sizzling going on
a burger, a meeting, everyone knows each other here –
well, not you, sweetheart, but, y’know, everyone …
A complete unknown could be perfect, so you can
hide from heat and conversation in the midst
without news or pretence with hero parking and a desert wind
in ‘the workshop of the mind’ as someone once said
too cutely, and all that’s missing is sea salt which should come
from the sea out of the west but refuses and so do you,
but not in a bad way, you have to think and move, nothing is still
even in a heatwave, it is a wave, all that pressure.
A caterer’s truck slams the gutter and anything’s possible
there’s nothing zen in that, existence moves on the waters
and on the sands, and if language made that up
it sounds as possible as whatever may be delivered
along Hindley Street, and, hey there, you might arrive
sometime, but it’s not so lonely in this space
these circles, these funny old corners.
- 96: NO THEME IXSUBMIT NOW with M Gill and J Thayil 95: EARTHCOMING SOON with M Takolaner 94: BAYTwith Z Hashem Beck 93: PEACHwith L Van, G Mouratidis, L Toong 92: NO THEME VIIIwith C Gaskin 91: MONSTERwith N Curnow 90: AFRO AUSTRALIANwith S Umar 89: DOMESTICwith N Harkin 88: TRANSQUEERwith S Barnes and Q Eades 87: DIFFICULTwith O Schwartz & H Isemonger 86: NO THEME VIIwith L Gorton 85: PHILIPPINESwith Mookie L and S Lua 84: SUBURBIAwith L Brown and N O'Reilly 83: MATHEMATICSwith F Hile 82: LANDwith J Stuart and J Gibian 81: NEW CARIBBEANwith V Lucien 80: NO THEME VIwith J Beveridge 57.1: EKPHRASTICwith C Atherton and P Hetherington 57: CONFESSIONwith K Glastonbury 56: EXPLODE with D Disney 55.1: DALIT / INDIGENOUSwith M Chakraborty and K MacCarter 55: FUTURE MACHINES with Bella Li 54: NO THEME V with F Wright and O Sakr 53.0: THE END with P Brown 52.0: TOIL with C Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with L Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with B Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with J Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with M Hall and S Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with T Ryan 48.1: CANADA with K MacCarter and S Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with C Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with L Armand and H Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with M Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with F Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with J Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with D Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with K MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with A Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with G Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with D Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with J Rowe and M Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with K MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with L Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with S Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with S Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with A Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with S Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with A Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with J Jones