Squad assembly

Insidious threat containment along nativist drywall,
attempted hydra uprisings and inhuman outbreaks.
Most fidget spinner universes animate sui generis
against the backdrop of westward ho. Exposed citizens
from without and within. The need to protect the country
at all costs ratifies flurries of an endless captain’s call.
As firestorms rage on and off the screen, who wields
Thor’s hammer now? In the bid to counter despair
with hope, agitate for more than superhero mechanics,
live-cross and enervate the world’s utopic stream.
To join a growing chorus across nations and become
ipso facto unbound. Resist the dictates to go home,
go back, go get some: all those sleight of hand reminders:
Easy does it girly: not very smart, not very very.
Smash a double down logic, undo the expectation
to smile and accommodate. Do not press ‘Delay’.
Elect to make a stand, glean old songs grass-rooted.
Be, as then, Medusa’s girl gang, consummate.


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Ann Vickery

Anny Vickery teaches at Deakin University. She is the author of Leaving Lines of Gender: A Feminist Genealogy of Language Writing and Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry. She is also co-author of The Intimate Archive: Journeys through Private Papers and co-editor of Manifesting Australian Literary Feminisms: Nexus and Faultlines. She has published poetry in a range of national and international journals.

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