Type
Poetry

Greenslopes in March

for H

alternate versions of tom thumb’s blues
you’re done up like somebody’s dream and that band
next door makes young marble giants

of triple m evergreens a weekend blanking the present
while the salt water creek breathes under the highway
snorkellers fetch oysters and outboard cowboys

flirt with the vagaries of the bar the beautiful
traces of a lie taking a tennis court oath
a third date encounter of the suburban kind

the blades topple the addicks en route to wembley
a destiny to delight the marketing department it winds
the month’s spring the way you unravel

a story with more moving parts than the automaton
barnuming the gossip shifting all the tickets
to the miraculous medicine show i feel

like a lucky country like a bloke who’s figured
that if you dial up the moon and stare down the barrels
any great adventure can be tapped

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Liam Ferney’s most recent collection Content (Hunter Publishing) was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. His previous collections are Boom (2013) and Popular Mechanics (2005). He is a media manager, poet and aspiring left-back living in Brisbane.

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