25: COMMON WEALTH

Poetry guest edited by David Prater


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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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Green Eggs and SPAM

I do not like green eggs and SPAM, I will delete them, Sam-I-Am.      Have a BIT, take a BYTE,      Try it, buy it, then you might!      You're sure to lose / you're sure to gain,      Human blues / cockroach pain, …

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greenwood values

my feet are birds on whats left of the trees the dream reconciles me living here without goodbye & so you know that somethings wrong an atmosphere a general abnormality where needs of affection transgress boundaries & ghosts arent laid …

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4 Haiku

the man checking passports has undone sneakers   *   eating rice looking at fields of rice   *   little black bug – how long have you been on your back?   *   corpse awaits cremation – a …

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Three Adaptations

Some Other Beneficiaries (After Les Murray's “The Beneficiaries”) Hogamism higamism The Liberal Party does not praise Racism. Most ungenerous. Most odd, when they know it's what finally won them their thirteen-year war against Paul, against Bob. Portrait of Doomed Youths …

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Heartbeat

“how big is the actual heart? – the size and heaviness of a handful of earth.” Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces Today we heard your heart beat, sparrow-quick, a thready pulse in the static of some vast inland sea; unmapped water, …

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DEARLY DEMENTED at the SUNDOWNER NURSING HOME

1. BIRTHDAY DAY Pollock lipstick vagabond slippers, the snug imprisonment of tracksuits smeared with 11:30 soft-diet lunch. Begin to hope the progress behind pharmacological ramparts. The real medicine is touch all other expertise unnecessary. I am now a fixture here …

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Nameless

An almost accidental smear of yellow beside the strident gold of our more important streets, almost like a break in colour lines, the street directory derailed. Between Port Botany and the Gateway to Australia pedestrians are by definition suspicious no …

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I walk in this World

Kris Hemensley has been on the Melbourne scene for about 40 years as a performing and publishing poet. He coordinates the “poetry & ideas” bookshop, Collected Works. He's published twenty or so books & booklets since 1967, and has a collection in the works from Salt (UK). He was the 2005 recipient of the Christopher Brennan Award.

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Hard Rubbish

The four star fridge is on its side, surprised To find sunlight on its shelves, ice tray dry And its arctic green inside slowly warmed. Hopes once hung with suits in wardrobes are out with posters of the stars we …

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doling out a corporate yuppie clusterfuck misery

a boss who does not detail any of the 15 jobs she absolutely needs in her hands delivered yesterday a boss who neither listens nor answers when you question most of the time in her own world, a world she …

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destructions dialed in americanski corporat inc

this new shylock, richard sneasel, corpulent financial weasel. looking cleancut, power tied, robotic american frizzle fried. smacking from today's endemic illusory ambitions materialistic slobs kowtow to bosses, show contrition. truths are nonexistant all distorted, thrown in sink, destructions dialed in …

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The Wedgetails

Order falconiformes, family accipitidae Trees are wheeling in my dream. Diminish to a dot down here on green, my own face looks back up at me, as smaller ground-hugging birds erupt – warning shrieks from silver crowns – choughs and …

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