What surprises me most is being
coincidental. If we really believe
it’s the end, it doesn’t matter
how much this evangelism costs.
The economy’s shaking. His trolley holds
twenty kilos of rice, ten litres of water.
Everyone thought I was strange in Christchurch
then we got The Big One. Good luck, I said,
you’re going to need more water.
Such imperfection. It eats
what was recently purchased,
the high of salvation thin as old sheets.
Get the song between your teeth;
sound moves inside us then we move to let it.
Do it professional: put yourself to one side.
In hard times, sociopaths rise.
While you were crying you got snot in your eyes.
Her life story is her story, not her life.
The fierce stones of Greece
have gifted us democracy, so we argue
which never convinced anyone,
just made good television.
200ks per hour
gales take roofs. New all-you-can-fly ticket.
Government money for a sanctuary.
my powers of apprehension
Each response to the challenge
of Self-Management falls on a continuum:
Productive to Absent.
One day, always having to be right
will be counted among the disabilities.
th end s in sight.
Thank god. The hard bit’s been knowing
I won’t be around to see how this turns out.
As one of the minor characters
(let’s face it) in this genre
I’m sure to be killed off
by a giant wave, one of those deaths
deep enough for a close-up
a snatch of fading breath, some tears.
If it’s not happening
we don’t have to do anything
and if it’s fucked we can’t do anything
we flip between these extremes.
nature vs. narrative
A tale carries the idea
to the mind through the soft body.
Talk in miracles, smoke in the car,
a tangle of weeds at the throat.
There’s no charming the oppressor.
Give up the myth of reversible power.
The lord gives and he takes.
Find other ways to be safe.
Black tattoos on a white, white face.
How beautiful the deliberate lie
they had time to work on it. Letters
stich and drop. Kiss me like a bad garden,
the lazy mural that lasts for years.
I don’t need any evidence.
At the end of the earth we learn to dance.
Your arms get tangled in your legs.
I’ve suffered a lot but then who hasn’t, he said.
Though I’ve watched since it was a dark mess
the lifting light shows a shift
when I look
I can feel the click.
- FREE: 20 Poets anthology
- 93: PEACHSUBMIT to L Van, G Mouratidis, L Toong 92: NO THEME VIIICOMING SOON with C Gaskin 91: MONSTERwith N Curnow 90: AFRO AUSTRALIANwith S Umar 89: DOMESTICwith N Harkin 88: TRANSQUEERwith S Barnes and Q Eades 87: DIFFICULTwith O Schwartz & H Isemonger 86: NO THEME VIIwith L Gorton 85: PHILIPPINESwith Mookie L and S Lua 84: SUBURBIAwith L Brown and N O'Reilly 83: MATHEMATICSwith F Hile 82: LANDwith J Stuart and J Gibian 81: NEW CARIBBEANwith V Lucien 80: NO THEME VIwith J Beveridge 57.1: EKPHRASTICwith C Atherton and P Hetherington 57: CONFESSIONwith K Glastonbury 56: EXPLODE with D Disney 55.1: DALIT / INDIGENOUSwith M Chakraborty and K MacCarter 55: FUTURE MACHINES with Bella Li 54: NO THEME V with F Wright and O Sakr 53.0: THE END with P Brown 52.0: TOIL with C Jenkins 51.1: UMAMI with L Davies and Lifted Brow 51.0: TRANSTASMAN with B Cassidy 50.0: NO THEME IV with J Tranter 49.1: A BRITISH / IRISH with M Hall and S Seita 49.0: OBSOLETE with T Ryan 48.1: CANADA with K MacCarter and S Rhodes 48.0: CONSTRAINT with C Wakeling 47.0: COLLABORATION with L Armand and H Lambert 46.1: MELBOURNE with M Farrell 46.0: NO THEME III with F Plunkett 45.0: SILENCE with J Owen 44.0: GONDWANALAND with D Motion 43.1: PUMPKIN with K MacCarter 43.0: MASQUE with A Vickery 42.0: NO THEME II with G Ryan 41.1: RATBAGGERY with D Hose 41.0: TRANSPACIFIC with J Rowe and M Nardone 40.1: INDONESIA with K MacCarter 40.0: INTERLOCUTOR with L Hart 39.1: GIBBERBIRD with S Gory 39.0: JACKPOT! with S Wagan Watson 38.0: SYDNEY with A Lorange 37.1: NEBRASKA with S Whalen 37.0: NO THEME! with A Wearne 36.0: ELECTRONICA with J Jones
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- Phillip Hall Reviews Robert Harris’s The Gang of One: Selected Poems
- Adam Ford Reviews Rae White’s Milk Teeth and Anders Villani’s Aril Wire
- Jennifer Mackenzie Reviews Elif Sezen’s A little book of unspoken history
- Introduction to Charmaine Papertalk Green’s Nganajungu Yagu
- Brigid Magner Reviews Michele Leggott’s Vanishing Points and Elizabeth Smither’s Night Horse
- Jack Kelly Reviews Liam Ferney’s Hot Take
- Submission to Cordite 93: PEACH
- Introduction to Cordite 91: MONSTER
- Poetry, Whatsoever: Blake, Blau DuPlessis, and an Expansive Definition of the Poem
- On Being Sanguine: Two Years of Panic and a Response to Terror in Christchurch
- A Deaf Rough Trade: Defending Poetry to ‘regular people’
- 12 Panels by Chris Gooch
- 5 Translated Yosuke Tanaka Poems
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- 6 Poems from Robin M Eames
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- Heath Ledger’s Joker
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