becopoetry

Poetry Music Thoughts and Reflections

— October 10, 2017
Bluestone lips — August 5, 2017

Bluestone lips

behind the mirror

 

your rough skin and thick neck

 

my face delivered into working hands

a river salt leached in compounded tide

palms breathing internally like a cup

heels compressed into my chin

into the folds of my forehead

skin peeled fingers

bearing weight

 

your shoulders braced away from wrists

 

 

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The ‘Special Needs’ of Poetry — July 25, 2017
Plato’s Last Supper — June 10, 2017
Passport — April 24, 2017

Passport

1.

turquoise town

flagged rooftops

revolution red

ripped on the city outskirts

 

binoculars on Buddha’s blessings

butter melting

the sage fired air

 

curtains pulled

over Beijing’s chosen Panchen

homage to a stolen lama

 

military molestation

a monk pat down measure

at temple gates

 

machine gun checkpoints

operating their lungs

over chanting nomads

 

clockwise hum plaited

om mani padma hung

in the hair of pilgrims

in the base of the belly

in the neck

behind eyes

in the right breast

 

a tourist attraction

 

one way permeability

all Tibetan passports

confiscated in 2012

 

2.

the train reversing

a forty-hour goodbye

in a smoke-filled carriage

beige borders blur

ranges melt

 

an airport gate

a wing span night

waves folding on the sound

of the 747

 

a cold window thaws

into an opposing season

 

Air Asia knees

white slippers under blanket

in the seat pocket

Hemmingway’s The Old Man And The Sea

written in Chinese and English

bought at the Beijing station

and permitted to enter

Lhasa

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Colloquy — February 14, 2017
Max in three words — February 8, 2017

Max in three words

When I read this work out loud, I feel like I’m naked on a coat hanger … this is a difficult piece for me, yet one that I am most proud of. In 2012 my poetry mentor Claire Gaskin prompted the class to express 10 years of life in three word sentences. Instantly I was reminded of my son’s prosody of speech. I felt like I’d finally found the way to express our story. The work was first published in Southerly’s  Long Paddock and can be found here.

Like other work I have written in collaboration with Max, I believe the piece is more powerful when heard.

The audio of Max in three words can be found here