24.0: COMMON WEALTH



Santiago Circus

In a sand casino we devour the sun standing like two dimensional cut outs spinning roulette under a three hundred degree rainbow. I leave friends orbiting the night. Neon lights with cues push me into traffic's deafening rune where subways …

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London Town

Hooded boys frisk the sidewalk, somersault gutters or stand around swinging bats. The paper seller at Angel listens to “Do the Locomotion”. Tourists hog footpaths, stray across Queensway. They feel safe in less hurried postcodes. Windows here won't open. Praed …

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Dessert

Vernyce Dannells lives and writes on Maui. Her work has appeared in numerous international literary magazines. Cadenza Press published a chapbook, Temporarily Abated, in spring 2006.

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I Was in these Pages

Without making you feel at all In lands very distant from you I raised flowers which you like I know I left you by yourself With unforgettable memories… Every so often You felt uneasy Because of my badly digested words …

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Commonwealth

Not that I lied, or wasn't myself – I don't know myself enough to tell – but tried to do things with words, alter events – like the hero at the plane crash who drags the pilot from the agitated …

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It Is All Waiting for the Still Repose

It is all waiting for the still repose, The nightly kiss on a bended knee, Half wit to half woo The girl and the angry fool, Brow beaten by a swollen moon, And the crafty sun blazing Like a blushing …

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Seed Eyes 1

Simon West is a poet and teacher in Italian Studies. He lives in Melbourne. His first collection, First Names, will be published by Puncher and Wattmann in September.

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Little Responsibilities

They looked so sweet and content as they slept. All snug and warm amongst each other. I didn't want to wake them- but I had to.         they are My responsibilities. I pull back their paper covers; I tense as I …

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try color

Sebastian Gurciullo has been co-editor of and contributor to textbase since its inception in 1998. His most recent publications include Marginal Text through textbase publications (2004) and concrete pieces in Unusual Work No.2 (2005). He works as a curator of online exhibitions at Public Record Office Victoria, where he is also editor of Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria.

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Lament

a man sat by a fire at the edge of the world a fish on his spear, drying the waves slid quietly onto the shore the birds slid across the water, swooping sighing, their voices longing the man heard and …

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Until

Paul Mitchell is a Melbourne poet. He has published one collection, Minorphysics (IP 2003), and has another due out in April 2007 through Five Islands Press. Visit his website.

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At the Macao 2006 Tulip Show

They come from the Netherlands, one of the organizers proudly explains, pointing at the purple tulips on a shelf. Around the flowers hovers a bee: it just makes me wonder if this bee also comes all the way from the …

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