Veronica Malley: Cruise

26 November 2005

Fated to have a poem
For a face. Like a horse
Stumbling through blue light
Discos with a fake
Erection for the press.
It's a pinnacle of sorts,
Dudes. (Reeves ventriloquised
Me). If this is the ocean —
Pass the salt. I'm on fire
Etc.: no sleep till Spring-
Steen. Every few days I come
Here at the mountains; to be
With the giants, think about
The small things that make me big.

VERONICA MALLEY is a retired schoolteacher. She lives with her companion in an inner suburb of Melbourne. Of the Romantics she prefers Byron; she is writing a long work entitled 'Peas and cantos'.


As reported on Cordite News Explosion, we're moved and astonished to admit that we didn't pick Michael Farrell as the author of this so-called poem.

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About Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell's I Love Poetry and A Lyrebird: Selected Poems are both out this year (2017): from Giramondo and Blazevox, respectively. His scholarly book, Writing Australian Unsettlement: Modes of Poetic Invention 1796-1945, was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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