“For my late friend” was published in Short and Twisted (Celapene Press) last year.
for my late friend
i’m weary of the euphemisms
friends keep saying you’ve passed
like it was a test
meanwhile most of you went up in flames
and we’re all breathing in your molecules
on a daily basis
our conversations and your smiles
exist only in my synapses.
you were always punctual
so why do they keep calling you late?
let’s face it you’re never going
to get here
Two audio versions of My late friend:
For my late friend
rob walker: spoken word / production
Stefan Kartenberg – bass and beats
Admiral Bob – beats, guitar and rhodes
billraydrums – drums
Andrew Wainwright – piano, strings and horn
Aussens@iter – guitar
robwalkerpoet – spoken word
speck – production
As always, thanks fellow collaborators and ccmixter.org
Thanks to Justin Lowe for selecting my poem Free in Philadelphia for his poetry website Bluepepper. I began this one in 2016 after splitting my eyebrow following a visit to historic Independence Hall where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Nothing like turning pain into poetry…
There’s also a musical version of the poem (my spoken word, Aussens@iter’s killer guitar) HERE
(image from Wikipedia)
I’m happy to be published in Pure Slush Vol. 15. It’s a short story – set in the future and titled The Question – about a middle-aged man having a midlife crisis. Thanks to editor Matt Potter for once again selecting my work. Happy to see work by local writing friends Martin Christmas and Alex Robertson too!
(The Question was awarded ‘Commended’ in the 2016 Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose. This is its first publication.)
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Last Tuesday night I went to the launch of the latest series of Little Windows Press poetry books by publishers Alison Flett and Jill Jones at Howling Owl in Adelaide. The lovely little hand-made books are The Aura of Loss by Yankunytjatjara woman Abi Cobby Eckerman, The Body That Holds by Kathryn Hummel, Mortis & Tenon by Jen Hadfield from the Shetland Isles in Scotland and Notes on The River by Sydney poet Adam Aitken. The books were launched by local poet and academic Jill Jones – who also read some of Adam’s work and Alison who read a selection of her friend Jen’s work. Ali and Kat read their own.
There were a lot of local poets and writerly-types there, all keen to witness the birth of this superb little collection.
Ali & Kat