Contemporary Australian Poetry.

Rapunzel’s Hair; Some Other Uses by Chloe Wilson

To shame - a broken villanelle by Gemma Mahadeo

Slow news

by Bonny Cassidy

 

Memory is a spotlight:

faces grow on trees,

kangaroo shoulders tense;

in the American library, arms of wattle.

 

Faces grow on trees:

poet and followers on the arms of the couch;

in the American library, arms of wattle.

People resemble trees often.

 

Poet and followers on arms of the couch:

birds of prey find stamina in government

and people resemble trees often, they say;

here is yesterday’s camel.

 

Birds of prey find stamina in government:

a mist with no healthy heart.

Here is yesterday’s camel—

false doors to the beautiful west.

 

A mist with no healthy heart:

memory is a spotlight—

its false doors to the beautiful west,

kangaroo shoulders tense.

Previously published in Splinter.

Bonny Cassidy's second collection, Final Theory (Giramondo) appeared in July. She teaches creative writing at RMIT University and is feature reviews editor for Cordite Poetry Journal. She is a guest of the 2014 Ottawa International Writers Festival, and will be undertaking the Australian Poetry Tour of Ireland in December.