Contemporary Australian Poetry.
Slow news by Bonny Cassidy
Welcome to High Country by Michael Sharkey
Brand it a ‘guilt’ of internet shopping.
Snag us cheap booty, then tender closure.
Cid said: “in-ner-nett-ing? in-ner-nuth-in.”
Murder of crows, unkindness of ravens;
(don’t collect those, think ‘public’ enclosure)
call it a guilt of (Inter)’net shopping.
The poet promoter Cid Corman who championed
Lorine (Niedecker. she wrote ‘Foreclosure’) Cid
said: “internetting? internothing.”
Pretend we’re carousing, don’t quit splurging quit
hustling; with debt comes such seizure.
Tame it: a guilt of - internet shopping.
Desire might be death; denial, living;
ownership, love; mere being the torture.
Cid said: Internnetting, inter nothing?
Your habit - this malpractice. Fulfilling
no/body. Go. Feign mental composure:
name it a guilt of internet shopping.
(Cid said: “internetting / internothing”).
[Cid Corman's words are taken from an audio recording at:
Gemma Mahadeo is came to Australia in 1987 from the UK with her family. Her work has appeared in various online and print journals and she tries to incorporate as much of her music obsession into writing whenever possible. She lives in Melbourne.