POETRY



Every other Friday

Our telephone is in the hallway sits high on the wall like a hawk. It can kill our weekend with its ear-splitting cry. We wait by the door in coats bags at our ankles we know we’re being watched. The …

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Mutant

The ninja turtles are the greatest heroes of our generation. Heart to heart, this isn’t nostalgia but stone-cold revelation. Brother, in this time of polar shelfs eroding and coroners combing the streets for dead girls’ bodies, I suggest all our …

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I Still Love Without My Head

Poseidon wanted me for a time. And I was a fool. He only ever loved himself. Jealous Athena made me into a gorgon with a head of snakes. Funny I had always seen myself that way anyway. Now no one …

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Heath Ledger’s Joker

A caked face crumbles with aimless cruelty. Eyes stare from charcoal sockets, damply disguising how he came to be. Then a voice curls at the corners, billows out like a speech balloon. Flames are preferable to money, death more desirable …

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Only fair

It’s an injustice, be a girlfriend. Tomorrow is the last eight years, I’ve had to reduce every single girl. I’ll be annihilated and love to rot in my revenge against all these years of you. I’m the true alpha male. …

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Agatha

Most paintings portray you as a placid woman bearing a salver, as if you were offering cupcakes, rather than the two breasts that were sheared from your body. If there is anguish, it’s half-hearted. If there is blood, it’s a …

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small town lazarus

come back grim man these streets go rotten without your heavy breath to refresh; the crisp silver frost the halo on eucalypt the balm on burning litter in bins and the long croak of the crow, his black flickering across …

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shoot

hi ya all ya all ok?    name is lily lily magnolia   ya know folks big game huntin’ so expensive since rhinoceros elephant tigers became endangered    trump brothers they’re wild    don jnr shot an elephant    cut off the tail as a trophy …

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from Red Black & Blues

children

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Logical Fallacies of Alien

generalisation Ripley’s first failure was one of generalisation: that one alien’s elemental viciousness could be ascribed to all. gambler’s fallacy that the late acid savagery of subsequent samples was similarly brutal proved nothing. Repeatedly. divine fallacy the Giger-counter leap at …

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A Lotus of Lawyers

Lotus is a brand of sports car convertible. The lotus plant blooms daily, retracts to the mud at night, flowering clean the following day. The lotus is associated with purity and rebirth. A Lotus of lawyers A caesarian of lawyers …

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Tricoteuse

I like to think that the faint click-clack of the needles is a sound passed through generations, passed along with the cries of labour, the silent frustrated scream, the harmonious soprano laughter. An audible backdrop, a constant hum amid the …

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