Sunday, September 24, 2017

Rob Schackne #473 - In Shanghai 2017

In Shanghai 2017

for fucksake please
call it by its name
taking endless selfies
until a) you see the face
you had before you were born
or b) you recognise yourself
from a few days before

the knowing and confused
the smile and the scowl
cutie pie and hideous
sure it’s who you are
or just save it till later

you'll see someone
exactly like you

Kit Kelen #631 - dusted done

dusted done

sun in first webs
pledge of spring
little birds tear through

and upside down birds hang out here
ride twig and leaf and sway

a Sunday of months persists

summer is touching
frogs are away

the printed circuit is a ruined city
it’s air rusts all ideas

I am little book lost
run in out of text

in the hum-through-here
I’m static

and the wind says fire
draws autumn on

I live in this delicate machine
do some miracles myself
grass grows over the workings

some days all of the weather will come
mostly though a wind so dry

winter is hiding
far in a tank
only September yet

these are not the real seasons
we have only guessed at the moons

when will we arrive here?
and how much will be left?

insects all begin to queue already
I am the skin to cross

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kristen de Kline #148 Shuttlefuck

thanks Samuel Johnson there's a word
for it   first it was the spinning wheel

of doom on the I-Mac   then the TV
on the blink   no it isn't the bloody batteries

in the remote   the blender croaks
two cans of Roma tomatoes fresh basil

and oregano stick to the metal plates
whir weirdly like a car out of gear

the job skills agency texts me
saying, I've got to make it in by 9 a.m.

to talk about jobs they don't have
the cat continues a marathon meow

scratches the carpet in three places
does a retaliatory piss in the linen closet

I bang the Roam tag on the windscreen
in the wrong place, horizontally not

vertically, so now they're over-charging me
like I drive a heavy duty truck

my trip to Coburg to see the shrink
gets re-routed down city lanes

express ways, "traffic is very heavy
forty minutes is added to your route"

the closest Subway doesn't make coffee
the 7/11 guy hasn't heard of a flat white

he offers up an instant something
in a non bio-degradable plastic cup

I throw the legal documents at my shrink
saying: here you go
tell them I'm a lunatic
throw them a daisy chain

it's a complete shuttlefuck

Rob Schackne #472 - "Baby please don't go"

Hiding nearly 
& drawing with stone
the end of the world
I thought I was alone
what you doing here
looking at me like that
baby please don’t go
colours all gone grey
a poem remains
arcs and sparks
the last 
an act of love
the wood is petrified
nerve endings

beneath the tree

kerri shying r # 324 - that sun ( for KdK)

that sun
(for KdK)

that sun             don’t you wish it hung
lower              within touching            space             wish
it had the power of a lover               to go beside
the burn            weeping sears             of blistered
skin            those rays            skirmish with the truth
of what you said             and where                 here’s proof of exit
brand it on your arse                        you are my sunshine
baby                           noon

Kit Kelen #630 - there are other worlds in us

there are other worlds in us

bed down
all broken
much as we fall to

how little few we see of much
but cast a light to live

it does us good to be

here we are
and I am too
don't have a home to go

this voice as from skies fallen
we must stretch to believe

wake to it all works
cling for a fact

adrift with
and swim through windows
all night waking
almost home

you find a page to write around
ladder down or up
- you're there

swim in the mirror
turn through the clock
flesh this world
be pointed of bone
be vessel

where now?
where next?
a chorus calls

you could be drowning
here's a hand
comes as through glass

frail with
how we're seen to be
with words

all proofs of
we so little in the know
must carry on with what

that category grows

this is my best doom here

be all aglow
let light

just said and fled to air
we fall away like treasures lost

drawn truth to truth and on

without which
why see stars?

Rob Schackne #471 - "Love a private message"

Love a private message

we declared one day
it should be louder

the dawn was coming
the bodies were electric
speakers were set up
at the corners of our poems
no one was left out
pride gay or otherwise
love free or otherwise
fifty years transmitted
the pick of anything

except hostility 
now more bad wires
than grandmother's house

sawing on her double bass
grandmother let's talk
we are immaculate
we'll never be silent
yes fuck the wolf

Friday, September 22, 2017

Kit Kelen #629 - first lit

first lit

for Anna and Peter in paradise

ridge high
and hauling up the morning

for some of the tree-between is blue

calls are all through it
each is a singing we-are
first lit

watch lichen rock
cliff left
moss run dry

all rise
and no one weary with yet

nothing said
even buzz-by-ear
spring insect does

and later bees swarm

it's vine tangle
dew moist underfoot
first lit

wings catching sun to turn

it's Gymea height of lily

it's kangaroo paw
not crimson quite

and the animal herself
all fur first worldly
politely tilts a head
first lit

Kerri Shying R - #323 - surf the net

surf the net

you know how the tick
feels            small head stuck fast
bloated body             suckling at the
host blood            legs wriggle
beating             at
thin air

no pay wall can
pinch you  at the  torso  pull
the thorax      take   
a minute of the time
we have
 together   surf
 the heatwave
 ride me

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Kerri Shying R # 322 - on the clearnet

on the clearnet

peer             scrolling touch pad
blink             and you will miss me

on the darknet             I am 15
on the footpath nearer             30

all things taste the same  keep
on eating   hard   looking for some

spice  a land so far away from home so far
from you

Kristen de Kline #147 Forget the hour

Forget the hour
I couldn't get out of

the carriage on M Train jammed
the cowboy was talking

     about   writing 
     about   nothing

rain falls
shit happens

you toss and turn     and
turn and toss     walk

the streets for money
talk shit to White Kings on speed

and Red Queens coming down
a bad batch on the Golden Mile 

pass me a handful of codeine
pour me a glass of wine   

forget the hour
we all got stuck in, suspended

between poetry and madness
steel-toes kicking at the front-door 

look up   there's a sun out there
won't you come   wash away the tears

did you say the sky looks dead
won't you come
do a runner
dob him in
are you

look up   there's a sun out there
won't you come

Kit Kelen #628 - right on the nose

right on the nose

great forces at work
and up inside
fires of dragon for instance

lungs a long way

one each they are
and missing is horror

at the sides a finger taps knowing
wise nostrum in there

hear swallows behind
a snuffle and blow
bushman's is best

let's not forget nose clothes – the hanky
mainly they are naked though

go to the grindstone and peddle the thing
maybe you'll see sparks

there's a constant hum here
must be bone behind

where the breath begins
ends with a start

it does stop this thing, in the end
wait days and then it's on the nose

isn't this what's in others' affairs?
take the narrow edge, creep along
bring the vessel in

between breaths
mere edifice
and might as well be stone

it was in ancient times
a sphinx and roar

flare nostrils
paw the dust to charge
it gets right up mine

and I've been pollinated too

bring me spray will you
days runny

here's where centre earth journey must commence
I want to see the map

but mainly what's in there's unknown

a bloke named Smokey
might miss septum

it's odious there at times

a finger approaches
and not to point
sometimes up to the elbow in

and why? what is the goal?

say itch but not
it's clarity!
a passage salted
for a conch of sea

pinch another's – pure delight
and playful rub
be Maori

and so you've come a little

with gods it's this way worlds begin

come a long way with this thing
squeeze to make the funny voice

hunchworthy instrument it is
ahead by one and on it too
and past the post
it's this we have followed thus far

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Kit Kelen #627 - in a library

in a library

all sorts of

stairs lead up
lead down through

of course a magic forest
a factory for rhymes

walls and ways through
there isn't a blank page

but the snow hut is waiting

is it an empire or a ship at sea?
just the idea gone mad?

there's the left hand of the thing
reverent nod, old faded facts

there are some books you can see right through
I hope that every day there are more

there's book under book and a shelf above
I have been fired out of a cannon
and the clock folded in around

I came to be the question
all the answers have to be
what a weight!
what struggles!
what a price they pay!

I borrow as much as I can

now and then succumb to sleep

you can only read so much into things

we look for everything in here
for a way ahead
for love

how small a place it is when we vanish
how little we are to go

in these books
carry me
further and always further
to where
I have to be finding
my home

Kerri Shying R - # 321 - Houseworker


one of me             gets an enema before breakfast
just remember             take the empty microlax
from the cistern tank    welcome Monday  light

swarovski crystal                bedroom window
sends in rainbows             where the clothes fell
in the night hasty with seeking out completion

sentience stalks             all the versions of myself
I do their laundry I know them all too well  and
how much sleep       with what ease     where these laughs

James Walton #73 Potter's Wheel

I saw you straight away
although you had to point yourself out
to the avid collector recalling years

you were always on my horizon love
like a maker’s relief embossed on an urn
the artisan ownership engraved

by an apprentice’s hand
how beauty is marked
by the young's flensing hope

cut down to the bone of broken despair
then braised for dyes to hold shape
in the overlay finish of earthenware

did I tell you I am awash with cracks
yet the enamel evokes a chrysalis
no matter how you hold it up to look

Rob Schackne #470 - The Sharp Knife Shadows (redux)

The Sharp Knife Shadows 

                 (after The Delgados)

The sharp knife shadows
the patient horrors surface
from the sea of mind, sea of night
upon all the zoo animal days
muttering unreasonable demands
pointing through the rusty bars 
at the blue things, the blue sky
deflected as if by semi-trailer, doom
typhoon, the busted brakes of love
soft forms beneath the counter wait
shotgun, club, machete or stun gun
& should there ever be a metallic song
a metallic you, then I guess a metallic me.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Kit Kelen #626 - word in edgewise

word in edgewise

bee loud glade
and fire in head

in the everyday
hard to get a word in
all between the traffic run

it's the already said
the old familiar
here's Prolix the Tautology

white noise rafting in your head
here's all the queue – a journey's worth

birds follow like a trail of
not-to-follow crumbs

we're moonlit
shone in the stones

you have to really mean it
just a word in your ear
sometimes made map

you say
outside again
shouting through machine roar
double glazing

but after, the left out's
what most comes to mind

as in you'd meant to say
all hum
and that's the city
it's like light rounding
all says home
it's automatic speech

you rise to what
becomes a challenge

you have to get away

track was first for that
and nose before paws fell to it
just to drum on the roof of hell

take careful steps
as if you might tread on someone

as into a question mark curled

come to a clearing in the forest
in words alone
I'm the rhythm come

you'll have to dream to here
you know it

we've all met before
and here
sigh for a silence sometimes

I can hear them listening
those smaller than I can see

no one interrupts

Monday, September 18, 2017

Rob Schackne #469 - "Ah it was just a flash"

Ah it was just a flash
answering on a talk show
the question 'Why do you write?'
my reply lasted well into the break
and continued until the next one
I went on and on and kept at it
till the next and then the next
there were lists and catalogues
colours and smells and stories
the hostess gradually lost her smile
and still I talked about love
and the oceans and the fish
and the forests and the people
staying in the light and the vigor
no I won't go into it now 

what would it mean to you
only I mean it went on forever
no hook and no resolution
the cameras switched off
the auditorium still filling up
and I saved to the very end
their reason I was there
signifying something

how could I count them all
and woke up sweating

anything really

Kit Kelen #625 - cerulean ekphrasis - my precious fetish

cerulean ekphrasis
my precious fetish

culture in the capitals
between the scribble
and the image set

every cliché
once a truth
before that – we're without

I fear the work
it is a noun
don't you?

chiffon umber silk
snow lingers
habituates to line

every battle shapes a beast
wandering into the other's dream
as daylight cast

I am
so there's a story
found fleece in deeps

see strokes
and be the camera catches

picture the crowd's knowing murmur
home in the poem
they can do titter too

don't touch!
the hagiog tastes best
nailed up

is the image?

it is a landscape
we're indoors

my head swelled till the laurel popped
gimme some ekkies – I'll feel

so little time
light me up, will you

a cat named Lonesome
just the red socks left
and a couple of Buddhas look on

we're always finding a new way to carry
new places from, to which to cross
that's poetry of it

has to be uncomfortable

we all go over the cliff
but not before we hit the wall
catch fire
tear hearts out

the one's work another's crossing out
never quite complete

be very afraid of the work
aren't you?

I like to make fun of myself
there's time

is your piano prepared?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kerri Shying R # 320 - hymns on sunday

 hymns on sunday

I grow hibiscus
tall   I block

your eyeline 
            it’s a fence           

between the life of me             the life that I
imagine here     there you

not raking at the earth    hear
listen to that leaf blower

line trimmer follows up
your Victa       more spark plugs

than the car across the road
Sunday  is            to listen

to your syncopating tendency
to clean            my hard heart

bounces you             burn up
on re-entry           
desist and cease
your rattle
on my bar

Rob Schackne #468 - Looking Up

Looking Up

Just a single poem
playing loud enough
to wake the baby

Always a way out
from the edge I see
a suitcase by an empty road

The cover’s good
they’re shooting at you
just stay where you are

There are six stars
in the sky tonight
don't count the buildings

Maybe two poems away
from death I'll write
this very carefully:

Outside tonight
in a Shanghai courtyard
after a good curry
at the Indian
a light shower
under a bamboo stand
it's all the umbrella you need
when of a sudden
a huge gust of wind…