Poem: From the Notebooks of Poet J VI – IX


 

VI.   CONFESSIONAL POEM [A sheet of white

A3 paper with the tracks of a chicken’s feet dipped in blue paint entering at bottom left and disappearing at top right]

 

 

VII.   CONFORMITY [Recorded on an

                            audio cassette]

 

I once received

an anonymous poem that was so good

that I had to put in

some mistakes

and take out some ideas and feelings

to make it acceptable

 

 

VIII. COLLAGE [Written in the author’s own  

handwriting on a series of postcards sent to the author’s address from various countries]

 

A train journey

a departure lounge

40,000 feet

a taxi

a front door

a flight of steps

a corridor

from the place

you most want to be

                      

IX.   LABOUR

 

During the writing

of this poem

I paced a total

of 4.3 kilometres,

smoked three cigarettes,

drank six coffees

and a bottle

of cheap red wine,

wasted 2.6 hours

looking out the window,

un-jammed the printer,

answered the phone three times,

watched two and a half

episodes of soaps

and cleaned the flat

twice

 

(from “The God in the Box”, Agàpe Publications, 2003)

 

Poetry, poem, speculative poetry, science fiction poetry, Australian poetry, British poetry

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