[1956-current, Australian] It’s a dog all right the nurse told you your wife has just given birth to a beautiful bouncing afghan hound you must decide either to hand out cigars and carry on or tell them at the office fuck something burn down your nice house starting with the carport so you flew south for the winter freer than a dream & on the way picked up a hippy girl hitching out of Albury if only the boys at the office then she feeds you blue hallucinogens on the way to the Koala Motor Inn at Wangaratta, Victoria. Source: Kelen, SK 1991, Atomic Ballet, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney. Retrieved 26 February 2013 from www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/kelen-s-k/the-koala-motel-dream-0086031 www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/kelen-s-k/ the-koala-motel-dream-0086031
[1913–1980, American] Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking. When the rooms were warm, he’d call, and slowly I would rise and dress, fearing the chronic angers of that house, Speaking indifferently to him, who had driven out the cold and polished my good shoes as well. What did I know, what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices?
Source: Hayden, R 1966, ‘Those Winter Sundays’, in Frederick Glaysher (ed.), Collected Poems of Robert Hayden, Liveright Publishing Corporation.
[1938–current, born America, migrated to Australia in 1977] Friends, names, die: the members of the cast are thinned old movies we haven’t seen in years, disappoint items we’ve bought since we can remember are no longer stocked and life is a steady downpour. except, in the USSR where there’s hardly enough room in squares to stand, to affirm that the unknown is half-full that the people have a right to their space even if it’s shared with tanks, that disillusion must be preceded by illusion and that is our most foreign and precious substance. Source: Hard, L 1993, Dancing on the Drainboard, Angus & Robertson, Australia, p. 4.