The tenets or tenants of Sweeney

for MH

And so … to rouse a whip, coral or corral or currach
like coracle branded hide singed hair no modifier
no not really to live by said decisive akubra mirage

weaving tufts caught by spinifex bluebush bash-
grab influence as testament of flaying, clothes-hanger
slaughter-hook made allowances for under the Act.

Tenancy is much more than tendency, to round
up a leisurely quote, a jerk of conscience wavering
towards some other matter, a duty, a flippancy, a soak.

And so … farmer, occupant, dishes out the what’s what,
signature chastisement as boy mimics father remade
in bush fire-brigade imagery. Burnings. Roo-shoot spotlight.

Cyclops. Down in the valley they rove. Such holdings.
Little give-aways. Persona of compass, here’s a navigator.

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John Kinsella's most recent books are Displaced: a rural memoir (Transit Lounge, 2020), the novel Hollow Earth(Transit Lounge, 2019) and the poetry volume Open Door (University of Western Australia Press, 2018). He is an anarchist vegan pacifist who lives with his family on Ballardong Noongar country at Jam Tree Gully.

is the author of over thirty books. His many awards include the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry, the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry, the John Bray Award for Poetry and the WA Premier’s Award for Poetry (three times). His latest work is a collection co-authored with Charmaine Papertalk Green, False Claims of Colonial Thieves.

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