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Notes on the River 8

By Adam Aitken

Voilà! Slums levelled, wharves, boat ramps,

central planning.

Whites, Koreans, Chinese

in cravats and big sombreros

sip their Caiperoskas

in the Foreign Correspondents Club,

the Nikon 1960 meets

Phnom Penh ...

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Fetish Commodity

By Ali Alizadeh

I used to be brave. Emancipation

eludes me now. There’s nothing real

 

in what I get paid to do. Rhetoric

and composition, in-text citation

 

as useful to my ‘students ...

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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 »

The Fan

By Craig Billingham

Are you a fan? the woman said

and then sat down.
I didn't know what she meant –

I imagined she was famous.
I watched the back of her head ...

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Sleight of Hand

By Emily Bitto

These are messages written in dirt

and rubbed away with a quick boot-sole –
even then, the fear of the trace,
the unerasable, the archive that cannot be destroyed –
the way ...

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Things Overheard in a Dream, 12th April 2001

By Peter Boyle

Take me to the black woods mumma

and make believe we’ll boogy in the dark.”

 

In the late summer of anxiety

in the blink of a damaged left eye ...

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PHAEDRA HANGS OUT THE WASHING

By Kit Brookman


the beauty of boys
in a morning-frost, white
skin running between white  

sheets snagged by wooden
pegs            
              the kind that have no wire,
are solid, inescapable. Gods.  

he,
still,
my ...

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A Prayerflag from Dharamsala

By Michelle Cahill

I am dancing tonight in the Kangra valley.

Effigies of the demon king Ravan are ablaze
for Dussehra. Thorn bush dissipates in a flare.

 

Karma, Lobsang and Abishek are quietly ...

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Insomnia

By Elizabeth Campbell

Finally, on the seventh night, like a leaf 

of the long blue gum, released
into a deep shade from its high tree
spinning slowly as it goes
like a falling ...

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Elementary Chinese

By Eileen Chong

Fire hung on a nail makes a lamp,

two moons make a friend.

A thing that is not bark makes a glass,

two trees, a wood; three trees, a forest ...

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satisfaction

By Benjamin Dodds

Holding taut barbed-wire with one hand

and myself with the other

I gaze at the ground

as hundreds of shining grey dust droplets

roll away from the rotting fence post ...

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Crossing the Hay Plains at Sunrise

By David Falcon

sky so coppery i can taste pennies

low lit by the sun
the plain stretches its rough gorse
to the edge of the world

 

i want to imagine dinosaurs
measure ...

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spanish fiction 2

By Michael Farrell

we were playing a mind game. but there

was a real
attraction. he was bookish,
unsuccessful; my secret
type. but him? could
he be inter-
ested in scribble   
that being ...

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Distractions

By Liam Ferney

I am hoping to kick a Facebook habit

but the monsters are scary and tomorrow

is too long to wait for an anxiety

as toxic as a tax the punters ...

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Eyes of Feeling

By Lionel Fogarty

In = meek

My feelins have not change

One with the murri

And we are alone

My feelins are a thought

Of sad past life

Yet i’m words without words ...

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Botanical

By Claire Gaskin

next obsessed

 

the pink truth

             moon

hugefullnow

             hidden

 

             risen

 

between Norfolk Pine branches

 

sprinklers meet heat

at our mozzie swarmed

           feet

 

widening feeling

before the gates

            shut

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Sugar

By Kevin Hart

(an excerpt)

As warm air sips huge clouds

That fade all afternoon

In Africas of light,

So there are lazy days

In which I melt in you:

Fine days and ...

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Entrances North

By Fiona Hile

The surf club car park is littered with empty

Muscle-testing image in the drum roll

tableau of sheets stripped ...

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