24.0: COMMON WEALTH

Poetry guest edited by David Prater




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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