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Monthly Archive for December, 2006

life

the poet peter minter on what he does when ‘stuck’: “Go out, watch TV, READ POETRY, read junk mail, think about stuff, go for a swim, cook dinners, READ POETRY, listen to music, see movies, have sex, talk, go shopping, wander around looking, READ POETRY, sleep, go for a run, read philosophy, do some gardening, [...]

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people mow

people listen as you strum a guitar of an evening they hover amidst back-yards & trellis plants they are ambiguous eavesdroppers so you spurn ideas all good ideas that is because the idea plays you like an average to good poker hand it is slippery there are irregular rhythms & rambling poetic vocals massaging your [...]

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all that i want

presents i bought myself & like. i didn’t know of haddon as a poet, only as ‘the curious incident…’ guy. some of his poems are good though. some of the classical re-workings bore me, but some of the poems are cool. if i were reviewing it i would say ‘he writes like someone, but not [...]

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the sign says trout

motels are like home but the angles are a little sharper & the tap fittings are more awkward people staying in them are on their way elsewhere: funerals & festive drinks & muddled projects: emjambed lines gesturing toward infinity such journeys often grand if not fun but attractions always pop up while driving, you know [...]

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marrying poetry & academia? well for one thing there is money out there & governments, universities et cetera, want to give it to serious research students. not poets. so what should u research? i will be scoping out some poets of the past, examining various aspects of their work & lives, tracing some stuff forward [...]

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reading The Grapevine by richard lopez. there are many things to enjoy in this little book – what i like most are the quiet moments of joy that repeatedly pop up. they are there almost in defiance, but also celebration of the chaotic world that still influences the trajectory of the poems. these are the [...]

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modern living

we have finally got all our ‘possessions’ into the new house. the one thing i can’t get is broadband. the phone rep tells me they have to advise clients it could be 10 to 12 working days. surely this is not right. but then there is something nostalgic about using dial-up, having people say ‘where [...]

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sidelong neighbour

the hasty scrawl of owner builder & the addendum of do not enter & a photo of a large painting is a property manager’s idea of a joke & the ache of my body is plain summery like the times surrounding all inner- suburban plateaus. wheat harvest is a large but small – a guy [...]

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bushfire sun

what would john lennon have thought / imagine his hair would have got in the way / as kiwi firefighters are shipped in / helen clarke looks even more a wax-thatcher / things to do mount up / like the water held captive at the poles / the distance between now & another cricket match [...]

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people & rendering

this is my daughter posing for her first ever photograph. she looks kinda relaxed, as if to say ‘i know you’re there, but i got my own stuff to deal with’. she bounced when the ulta-equipment poked her though. science. i like this image. a moment of perfect solitude but also perfect connectedness. i imagine [...]

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