Type
Poetry

Orange

West of Katoomba on every bit of your
brakes ent’ring dubitable wine country.

Wellington Kirkconnell Lithgow Bathurst
prison country central New South Wales.

The view down to fortitude or optimism
crossing a bridge. Motioned only by tiny

no-tell internal dramas the whole way:
air pressure … How stress Canomodine?

New metalanguage rising off the palate.
Secret ‘hints’ and ‘notes’ though good.

Throw a blanket on three country pubs.
Favourite among the local toponymies –

Cadia … Mumbil … once gold-mining town
called Lucknow.

 

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Christopher Brown lives in Newcastle. He is a poet and teacher, and editor of Puncher and Wattmann’s slow loris chapbook series.

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