18.4.06

Two booklets


My Lightweight Intentions was first published in Cambridge, U.K. by John Kinsella's imprint Folio (Salt) in 1998. Never-Never Books reprints this 23 page C5 sized chapbook of poems from the late 1990s with a cover photo that I took in the Graffiti Tunnel at Sydney University in late February this year. Here's a sample poem.

 This & That
(I cite myself)


Resting like a relic
in a field of meaning -
push the rocks around
for transformation -
gravel rash, scab, scar,
all
factors that
fall squarely.
(like that)

those well-known codes -
public-private continuum -
a surveyor's tripod clacks -
the laneway, reduced
& framed,
is picturesque -
even the rubbish
appears artificial.

casual citations
accumulate,
ballooning
empirical tactics -
o no it's
an index of anecdote

the hypermarket
surveillance camera
attempts its capture -
my nearly-beautiful
every dream,
my artificial memory
daily.

disease, elusive entity,
slithers.
pale gloved hands,
yet HIV negative.
the milky
ampoule's contents
swallowed -
waste management, the nightclub.

sleepless in a townhouse,
hours of
zonelessness.
(like this)




Peel Me A Zibibbo is a group of recent poems - five poems written for friends. It's a 14 page C5 sized chapbook. Here's the title poem -

 Peel me a zibibbo

I could go
in any direction
but it's best that here and now
I remain lesbian,
keep my vanishing cream
sealed.
I'll go south
eventually
to follow the sheen
of your signals,
in the meantime
my problem's like how to
design a wall didact -
serif or not's
a big decision

*

it's October so
the bogong moths
are back
and the koels - the October
crack of dawn racket -
are back again too,
mauve jacaranda petals
are stuck
on the windscreen wipers rubber

*


by now the wall text task
is impossible -
application decreasing,
attention span diminishing -
transparency an aim,
how coded the coding

*

imperfection in kindness
comes with the void,
you need to
choose
the 'I'm feeling lucky' google option

*

drinking in the cemetery
sounds like an early
Nick Cave song
but it's
something-to-do,
it's also the subject
of Paddy Fordham's
drawing

*

should I start carrying
my books
in clear plastic bags
inside
my polyester document bag,
is this a solution ?
16° centigrade
95% humidity
what a precipitate place

*


shouting Shakespeare aloud
to the sea
in Surfers' Paradise
in 1964
after hurling your body down
fine off-white sand dunes.
now it's 2006
you're experiencing thanatos
high up on a Seidler balcony.
if you are in doubt
(slurp over drinks)
what gives the false poet
such confidence ?

*

awake and refreshed
tho with nothing on the page

*

John T phones -
this cloudy gloomy
early summer day
is 'like the fifties' he says.
every day ?
miserable childhood ?
photographic weather memory
à la recherche du temps inclément

*

I was reading
about the sweet potato farmers
of Osaka
living such long lives -
nonogenarians, centogenarians -
when Kurt called in with his new book
Hyper Taiwan
Taiwan - it's 'sweet potato island'

hi Kurt, hi John T,
hi Nick, Paddy, hi Shakespeare,
peel me a zibibbo
would you,
one of you guys ?



Never-Never Books PO Box 55 Rose Bay NSW 2029 Australia



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