Mr Grabbit Has a Poetic History

Unearthed from my library, this satirical poem by celebrated Australian poet, C.J. Dennis (aka “Den”) was published in his 1913 anthology Backblock Ballads and Other Verses – with its piercing, remarkably relevant political humour, it might stand up proudly today as a live slam performance. The Martyred Democrat A Recitation (with directions) (Begin breezily) . . . → Read More if you dare: Mr Grabbit Has a Poetic History

The Aridity of the Settler Imagination

On Hearing a “Friend” has Voted for Hanson You’ve never met a single Muslim yet automatically you despise them, your putrid tick for racist Hanson betrays a guilty, greedy voice within. What’s the bloody difference between yours and Toadball’s border defence? It’s vapid new age love you spout and you want to keep those . . . → Read More if you dare: The Aridity of the Settler Imagination

Elites

You market racism inbuilt in capitalism you sell division you hawk your tools so i can on-sell fear’s smell complicit with your smug, private accumulation stolen nations down the multi-level marketing pyramid intimate and bigoted this colonial poison mass death enjoyment this ponzi scheme which only benefits you i refuse to shill your septic poo . . . → Read More if you dare: Elites

Barnyard Frolics

#ErdoganInsultoftheDay : The US loves Nutanyahoo more than you, an extra-special relationship despite all you do, so you’ll have to settle for second-best Merkel and throwing your detractors into prison hell. Ludicrously, Germany retains an archaic law criminalising insults against foreign leaders which has enabled the litigious Erdogan to prosecute a German comedian who devised . . . → Read More if you dare: Barnyard Frolics

How to Grow a Garden - World Poetry Day 2016

It’s not that one has been forced to silence, rather that words have tumbled elsewhere than this blog for a while. Here’s a good excuse to restart this blog – commenting on the imprisonment of Palestinian poet, Ashraf Fayadh, jailed for “apostasy” for eight years and 800 lashes, his beheading sentence commuted by the vicious, . . . → Read More if you dare: How to Grow a Garden – World Poetry Day 2016

Symbolic Power Plays

Here’s another in the Unoriginal Patriarchy series, which commenced with Sol Invictus. Take It To The Max thorned on cross cock no more crows triumphant, yet salutes her mourning below. while lambs vie, coquetting with lions on foreign barricades medusa snakes writhe disapproval in mother’s grimace. kill it, kill her now recruit sisters, initiate daughters . . . → Read More if you dare: Symbolic Power Plays

The Imperial Bourgeois Rag

Hieronymus Bosch – ‘”A Violent Forcing Of The Frog.”My principles are lofty, my politics so cool, and if you dare to disagree, I’ll push you in the pool. I follow only brightest bulbs who shine the truth for me, and if you don’t embrace them too, I’ll string you up a tree. Ch: Black and . . . → Read More if you dare: The Imperial Bourgeois Rag

Samhain

light the good fires along the hills edges dissolve you’re almost in reach talk with me again remind of the nearness of all things angels cavort on the end of a pin forever mirrored in your dead eyes waiting, waiting waiting, waiting for here within i see you then another year circled squared and slaughtered . . . → Read More if you dare: Samhain