A matter of lives

murder reduced
to counting bodies
naming names
dates and days
processioning through
plagued streets

grief – a spectacle
feeding news

your life – no life – what
life – which and whose fucking life matters?

blank headlines
do not shed tears
or hear the death
of a living heart

a black woman asleep on a train
is no news is good news
until the day arrives
and she becomes
a fact of death



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Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, Blood, The Promise and Ghost River. He is currently research fellow in the Moondani Balluk Academic Centre at Victoria University.

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