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/ Under Lovely Curtains / Maya

By Richard James Allen

I wasn’t sure what I liked more,
fucking Maya or watching her
sleep afterwards. The moment
she would come felt like the whole
universe was crumpling in around me ...

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...Patsy Cline in the desert

By Richard James Allen

Our souls are waiting for us,
but they will not linger
for our emergencies.
They don’t understand time.
No more than a casual glance,
no more than a witnessing ...

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The Disappearing

The Disappearing has been redeveloped and we invite you to submit your poems about fading and disappeared places and spaces. Explore now »

My Mind as a Dutch Tilt

By Richard James Allen

You have been away
for many weeks,
but I am only gradually
losing my mind.
 
It started about ten days ago,
when I heard a crack,
like the pressure was ...

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Fun Fact

By Richard James Allen

You needn’t worry.
The universe doesn’t know
how to end. 
First of all, it doesn’t know,
any more than we do,
exactly in what way
this might ...

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Dream Management as a Product Placement Poem

By Richard James Allen

The experience of losing your dreams is akin to having
your handbag or wallet stolen except that there is no perpetrator.
Go ahead and blame someone or something if you ...

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Grace at the Edges

By Richard James Allen

(after William Carlos Williams)

 

the pellucid beauty of a book
you never pick up
but looks so delicious
in the morning
at the precise moment
you realise you haven’t ...

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Sonnet Descending the Staircase

By Richard James Allen

Where the title should be
It’s just sadness
Sometimes I think I am like Pluto
Lost between categories
But too late to change
I am already
A planet of ...

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Hills Hoist Philosophy

By Richard James Allen

What happens when you read the wrong word
in the middle of the right night? What happens
if you open the right door in the middle
of the wrong poem ...

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Bush Philosophy: Rivers and Pools

By Richard James Allen

Heraclitus said you can never
step in the same river twice,
but his mate and arch-
rival Parmenides
may have been right.
You may not be able to
tiptoe into ...

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Domestic Time Travellers

By Richard James Allen

sheets and towels, sheets and towels are our teachers
closed-mouthed, their wisdom is not in words
they are immortal, or at least have lifespans
comparable to Bowhead Whales, Greenland Sharks ...

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The ocean's lullaby

By Richard James Allen

Here’s another whole way not to panic.
Despite human beings’ natural tendency
to misunderstand one another, especially
in groups, the default position being
less common ground than we think ...

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What the Gargoyle Said

By Richard James Allen

I can feel the hollowness. I can feel the emptiness.
I can feel the vast hole. There is a gap in my chest
the size of the Grand Canyon, the ...

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Bodyland

By Richard James Allen

My body is not my own.
It is like the land, an inheritance.
It contains traces, 
incubates traumas. 
Aches with forgotten skills.  
Secrets linger. 

My body is not my own ...

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Anangu is pronounced arn-ung-oo

By Richard James Allen

When I was a kid I got lost on Tokyo Tower, scaling its upper reaches,
like a character in a Manga novel.
                                                              Because it seemed like the safest thing
to ...

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The Moment Keeper

By Richard James Allen

Yes, you are
the moment keeper.
Yes, it’s a promotion.
Yes, it’s something
you can be proud of.
Yes, you can
call your mum
and post about it ...

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On waking in the bed of a novelist

By Richard James Allen

maybe the real
definition of love
of who you love
is the person
you are not
willing to ruin the life of
and that’s how you know
 
*                *                *
 
I have ...

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Initial Impressions of a Pakistani-Australian in London

By Maryam Azam

 

1.
Walking along Westminster bridge
was like walking along Wahdat road in Lahore
with hordes of people instead of cars -
dark and dirty, both lined with rubbish and puddles of ...

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