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Paul Hardacre ~ Four Poems


rail of moon, a stone

black sun burning down & east
her milk & blood alone
knows the egg nilotic white
like wax or beauty dies

passes soil a breath a crawl
of colour bed or moon
noise & voice & like a corpse
beloved her shaded bird

good or easy shield a heart
rubedo water cold
burning sweet by tasting life
in death by honey stone

army lovers sword the search
for mountain tones a stone
inside her vestal lily
fragments a face of day

rising in the anxious sky
a comet dies or shines


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Spree: a poem by Ian McBryde

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The West Gate: a poem by Ian McBryde


Angela Peita ~ Three Poems

The truth about your depressionIMG_9331

So, I’ve never been good at lying.
It’s not that I don’t have the creativity to come up with a good story
It’s just that I never have the guts to pull it off
And It’s not like I haven’t tried
I’ve spent time doing supermarket crimes
Putting my macadamias through as bananas at the self serve checkout
But by the time I get to the car my hearts beating the intro to a cardiac arrest and
It’s just not worth its weight
I’ve always been this way, When I was a kid
My parents would know I’d done something wrong
Because I’d put myself in the naughty corner
So it surprises me more than anyone when you ask me if I can handle this
And the word that comes out of my mouth is

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Andrew Galan ~ Five Poems

Responding to Fireflies in the GardenAndrewGalan

Frost, your epigram is mistaken
with its parenthetical assertion
critical of garden Lampyridae.
Hydrogen means atomically
fireflies always really are
stars at heart.

. . .

‘I will break their guitar.’ – Joan Miró, 1927

The Firefly Assassin

I read a poet writing how a poem is like
a firefly trapped in a glass jar and I thought
that’s a terrible metaphor
you’ve imprisoned, displayed, suffocated
for spectacle, interest, boredom.
But I know we do it
take trophies, torture, kill
until many of us grow up, learn not to
and my clichés are no better.
So this is right, disagreeable –
let’s keep executing poetry.

. . .

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Ashley-Elizabeth Best ~ Five Poems

Ashley-Elizabeth BestUs, A Couple Years On

My carrion heart is stabled
beside deposits of nostalgia.
His empty flattery mumbled
into rogue word drifts.

I’m fiery throated, breath
him in whole. I snip off the
heads of decayed flowers,
their stalks eating at the light.
My hair unhooks from my
ear as I rearrange the glandular
pattern of pebbles circling the

The earth clasps the wind
pelts my face with rinds
of sand.

His arms are flexed cursive,
breaking the soil up by harrowing,
tattoos braceleting his biceps.

We’re tardy gardeners, him
tall and stiff-jointed, gangling
by. I clop over to the front
steps, finger the valvular
incompetence of my varicose
veins, feel the wiggle of my
adolescent wattle jaw, and
there he is still waiting for the
nightly worship of my pelvis.

The evening air turns pearly
sad. A fattened robin lops
a moth off the front door screen,
flubs away, wings promiscuous,
giving the evening a good larrup
with weighted wings.

. . .

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World Poetry Day Guest Blog


David Adès ~ Five Poems

David AdesDavid Adès is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet currently relocating to Australia after living in Pittsburgh since 2011. He has been a member of Friendly Street Poets since 1979. He is the author of Mapping the World (Friendly Street Poets / Wakefield Press, 2008) commended for the Anne Elder Award 2008, and the chapbook Only the Questions Are Eternal(Garron Publishing, 2015). His poems have appeared widely in Australia and the U.S. in publications including over 20 of the Friendly Street Readers, and numerous literary magazines and have also been widely anthologized, most recently inVerse Envisioned: Poems from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Works of Art They Have Inspired. In 2014 David was awarded the inaugural University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize and was also shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize.

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