Met some incredible people in WA & heard some mighty fine poetry… keep your eyes skinned for spotlights on many of the good poetry folk of WA during the next few weeks. One man who had a really profound impact on me was Afeif Ismail Abdelrazig. I am already looking forward to catching up with him again at Overload Festival when he perfoms as part of The Universal Tongue. This poem came to me at 5am.
I dreamed you were a caged bird
and spoke these words to me
leave the city for the sun’s shore
the mind is a cannibal
noon is best
flesh asphyxiates bone and the wine-beams
that drain like war from the barrel of the moon.
This morning, in a sky never free of signs
passing clouds hum with the cult
of the pulse
and the eye is a diving bell, plunged
into the sun’s silver machinery.