new mexico

a lens no-one
has looked through

            it is the hard
            disc of the system

shadows get more liquid
in its kind of lightness
it is white knighting all the starfish
and it is unhumorous
the moon is a ping pong death star bright eye blind and arnica
sure of itself it deadpans what goes on

Mathew Abbott

Mathew Abbott lives in Queanbeyan with his wife Emilie and his dog Champion Ruby. Australian Poetry will publish his first collection, wild inaudible, in April. He maintains a blog at, and plays in Life and Limb, a punk band named after a Fugazi song.

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