Because we have only Cathy’s income to live on, and are used to a fair bit more than that, thereRead more
Want of Mollusc
our copper blood’s your top shelf unreasonable desire
not just not available for Christmas giftwrapped
it’s an impossible want for the leap year round
as we say in the trade no I haven’t the faintest either
a wonderful retirement curse for example or
give it to the kids for lifelong proud dissatisfaction
So much of it is about realising what you’re writing. What’s going on? In our house we sing this out all the time as a greeting, a punctuation, an existential complaint!
“What’s going oh-on?” I would love to make the words do all they can right now as they find their way into the world and some of that goes on. It’s in the rewrite where their final identities will emerge, their personality and even, now I am growing aware, their embraced imperfection. Once, I hunted down my solecism and eradicated it with glyphosate.Read more
Just as we were packing the kayaks I heard the cute squidgy sound and looked up to see vibrant green barreling overhead in a volley up to the steps at the end of our street. Where there is a bower in the bushes, blue plastic from fizzy CO2 and cooking propane in a tempting trail leading to what to me looks like a wicker bird from a craft nation flag. Only not creepy. Cool and a bit sexy. Pegs. Bottle tops. Mmm.Read more
My new novel, The White Library, is out everywhere now. It’s a pity there is no paperback, but I think digital is something better these days. So far, people seem to like it. There’s an excellent review from Ian Mond in Locus and a five star review on Amazon by somebody who ought to know, a librarian. […]Read more
I always try to write something for the solstices. This year I didn’t.
it’s still a day
empty of a morning
A Rationale for Angling
shows us Taoist Fishing swollen bunions
plays us TikTok elderly Sports God
Offers Lumbar Yearning to Ice Chest
came across two saucy wrens
name of Gough and Bobby
both with classic eyebrows
talked of time that won’t return
Stillness like caramel
on tongue and swallow
feeling so much so
it’s yet to be
paint-spattered and weary.
the new occupiers at our joint got this note
• respect the geckos
• watch the blackbirds but just grumble
• doves nest in the treefern
• rats cross the fence (not possums)
• at dusk our bats do not stop
• but almonds and apples and apricots and figs draw parrots on a single day
• keep mulch and water on the magnolias
• gall wasp want drowning twice a year
• mice foiling when weather drives them in
• when the days are baking three days still
• you may then vent night air
• (don’t cook indoors)
• (not just because the grill knob’s dodgy)
This morning I noticed that US voting booths look like Star Wars All Terrain Scout Transports.
This news is a climb down from yesterday’s buzz: I am so pleased to announce The White Library is on the PS Publishing website! You can pre-order here hopefully in time for Christmas. Do get the lovely print edition.Read more
Come misremember these:
the moon on a trapeze
Arlecchino and a fly—
the three of rule cannot apply
to an albatross—
no fight with getting small
no wandering the hall
no time to wonder why
he isn’t that stopping guy
or on a horse.
The dog of the situation
for the Angry Man
bearing in mind NO PULLING
your jerking differential of rates.
Gumnuts rain on her car like rain
that does not sting if he knows its reason
but if it is to fall is like dread
“For that which I work
I do not acknowledge
for not what I will
this I practise but
what I hate
this I do.”
Death once half-achieved
hands colder than work.
I’ve gathered the worst lessons all along:
what was a snail more shelly than before
what was a belly softer than a song:
for Jacob on the event of his focusingRead more
feather the way
always for Cathy
When we recover
when we hear
toast and pray
I saw Jacinda Ardern riding the other hill
blowing a bubble of gum
on way to a small cloud of love and
impatient flesh knowing just métier taught
you flinched not
at the rain.
When the sleep-bellied River rolls over clear
and wombats can stay from the Shoulders
till the flathead Rise Up in Joyous Choral my dear
and the miner birds fall short of Words,
Darling cleave to me and I shall cleave to you
until we cleave to the dust Both Together
cleave my dear Heart to me and you Know I’ll cleave to you
till love and lust cleave to dust and Forever—
for my bike
chocolate creek a river
slipping its edges
i am alone
wet as any thing will [be]
first foot down to mudded cadenza
You’re simply there
a cloud on the moon
impossible to breathe
they’re spraying Hong Kong people blue
so this is me and that is you
so spray me too
seamed by two am blue radio
analogue purpose beauty enough
like early magnolia reach
i am stupiding with age
ye fresh arterial blood clot
is blackening on the stage
there’s a place my everything is due
clattering parrots barge through it
you and I suck a margin we can’t keep
waiting for disaster
à vos marques, prêts, faites vos jeux…Read more
remember this if it hurts and have a nice lie down for Mia easy as swanspassing it covers youplead forRead more
A blackbird took my lock of hair
It was meant for someone else—
Thought I saw Les Murray in my rear vision mirror
walking with a black dog where the footpath isn’t clear.
Had like a simile in one hand but no lead gripped in the other:
puppy was or wasn’t his, it would appear.
Where is that crow going?
Same place as us.
Look at it rowing
Between a slog and a swallow.
Once heard it groaning
Now it fills the expanse
Mirror black where the oil spill was
Speck of midnight at noon
A little storm in the blue
No reminder of awful death,
If life gives you lemons fuck lemonade
All that sugar—just suck.
Time for a Good Hot Cuppa
Sleeplessness is awful
Insomnia is worse.
Dreaming of pomegranates
Left on our porch….
fig leaf alchemy
mudlarks galore hop poorly
in dawn’s bloody eye
Saw Alexander Putin waiting for a latte extra hot
They utterly failed to call him Put-in, not Poo-tin
now I am a snake
come October alarm clocks
cry – pesky mynahs
mornings by the creek
ceviche growling grass frog –
now I am a snake
pretty basic black or brown
stick – lying doggo
crimson of attack
now I am a tree
small birds sing in me
never need to take a pee
no need of Brie
sun bleaching lilac
wind stripping magnolia –
be kind to this fig
It is another year and we are not broken
Rather in the middle still, in the thick
The thicky thick thickly dense
Once which we were struck for
stupid dew that frosts
you can snap better than this –
sublime and try again
touch glass, knowing
lightning steps, squalling handfuls –
throb and sting at once
shadow edge beneath
leaves suddenly dangling
breathless – where I grey
Driving Up following pale cracks toward a yearning old sun – surprised by the glare Marathon Running welcome swallows bankRead more
Comparing your skin to my guts, tamer Your liver spots to my innocence, older Your friends to my resting bitchRead more
for UKL “The necessity of having to do Something” – make particular, dress, argue Generally run in old road ruts,Read more
They cannot hold those facing eternity
And, taking ages, hold. They run across
A landscape unhurried after urgency
Imagined. Whorls bake into pastry cases
Evidence crunched and analysed on a tongue
Where good to go and not welcome play
Identically and sometimes both at once.
Show me your hand and what I see is your palm
But the tips are the pupils of that hand
Or, if unpicking a tangle of hooks
And fish slime, just one. They work so hard
You should give them a break and tickle them too
Lick some ice cream off them, buy some gloves
For goodness’ sake, bite your nails if you must,
Please don’t swallow. Unless you’re a god, that is
Whose touch gives light and even a hangnail is
Infinite. Tap time my dear, know that place.
Fingers may be digital but your tips
Analogue. They are not your employees.
Our kiss slides
Noun to verb
A new place
A new thing.
Once all that’s left is my certificate
Not even rubble
A guy, you can sew him up from all my posts
Will be good enough to run for office –
Good enough? Superior! Going to win!
So why not have at it before I die?
I am a post-thought guy. High up
Everything is media anyway.
Once did nature, yeah:
That yellow liar with its blossom, not yellow really, see?
A conspiracy of colour,
Shadows in the wind Crows playing in the wild bright A shock in those suitsRead more
gesticulated rataplan in dream. The angel Chardonnay left sugar on the table, walked. Even. Life is in motion: Breezes inRead more
Little golden baby guppies Furry fighting biting puppies Hammock and a pillow Sunshine butter fellow Ease because we can EaseRead more
Might not know your blue
Know you have sky
Stipulate to your desert priest
Know you have storms
Your suffering dog-silent I admit
Like the girl sang it: you’re star.
It’s a sunny day in Melbourne
The rain is pouring down
I chased the nurse around my bed
I did it sitting down
I think I know just what to do
But I’ll put it off till spring
Easier to wrestle
When them alligators sing
For the minute think I’ll just relax and listen to the band
The pituitary blues has got me by the gland
The heart it melts constantly
You would think it had a limit
It proceeds from some southern glacier
Kept climate change regardless
In the sticks.
Apart from the melting constant
It keeps time rather badly
Operating as if tuned by some other
Alien duid with a set of auto tools
And an ape.
for Jo Cox Each recipe is a bucket list Beet sequence Fibonacci strawberry The end not dusty just a bitRead more
if I really strain i can hear myself aging – and not just my creaks who can hear each step?Read more
This here is the story of Irene the sireen
We met in a restaurant they call Disco Beans
She ordered brown rice and I ordered spleen
I was a dumb poet and she was a queen
I crashed on her rocks and now I must get clean
In what ocean your island?
for Karlos Rage against the light or its dying Or punt downstream in a pleasure craft for two (Poop poop)Read more
for Cathy, after seven years My heart is full Our pulse of days Simply cupped both ends By our handsRead more
(thanks to Oscar for the mans in road)
Jobs and growth
Blobs what float
Flubs and bloat
For rubes and oafs
Gets on goat
Grubs in brogues
Yards and strophe
Stabs my faith
http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/thebordercrossingobservatory/publications/australian-border-deaths-database/ On April 26 2016, Omid Masoumali, a 23 year-old Iranian man, set himself on fire on the island of Nauru.Read more
for Donald Middle of a life a work a love Stitches cannot hold Holding days and nights together Horizon notRead more
I have been thinking about the little girl who died by Darebin Creek. So have others. There is a poster advertising a newspaper that mentions her on my route to work. I hate this. There have been a couple of articles in The Age about why someone would kill their 15 month old daughter. One is a short google on some instances over the past few years and a few stats. The other is someone, like me, who knows the area. But there have been a few murders in the suburb. There are kids riding trail bikes along the muddy track beside “my” creek to the point where the police had an accident with a cyclist while looking out for them on a quad bike. More than once I’ve seen four wheel drive vehicles trundling along where there is no road, almost no path in places. Where when the water rises, eels cross. It’s a magical place. It has been damaged.Read more
This evening is painted by a terrible boor
And hanging in a café for two hundred bucks
It is filled with heckling birds and that gum smell –
It is more than I can reproduce with my crayons.
Start to that ending cadence it’s wanting
Perfect roar of the incoming surf to
Extinction of the sun with prejudice –
It is more painful not to write than to blot.
Go, billions of stars before and after urge
Be, none of your pages will warm bones
Act in the best interest by as much or as little
As the painter of the evening commands.
Purpose of Moths
Algorithmic flap into burning
Rush backward to egg
Beard on a heron
Whistle on a pigeon
Run by with your tongue hanging
But without your head.
Compulsion free for a change.
Lift your face to grey louring
And live in the pale
Pushing air out is all
Past your useful age
From purpose into meaning.
Watch ripe brittle without comment
Prepare being without management
Hope for platypus
Do with far away swallow
Stay by me
For two swings
And a chase.
I sob without recognition these days
Groan after nothing much – not even bones
So I accompany morning’s night with arse trumpet
Although I can very well help it.
Noon’s brief passage is alright
Evening’s better. Less frantic saturation
To formula. To getting somewhere.
Roy feels so bad and got a worried mind. The opening to one of the most recognisable songs of theRead more
dating to the nobbliest ancientest most civil liaison ye emergent fresh from yung silver spaceships ports delievers poerms stark bucketyRead more
Ghost cat stuck in a tree
Only living humans to rescue her.
Stuck in a tree crying softly
Nothing has an afterlife but her.
Just what the fuss might be is beyond me. Beyond thin gods in charge of gates. So I have decided.Read more
Every time we were born you died Sweet cream in pants And we sighed A golden dream a Columbina –Read more
That awful time Before she wakes but After the rest of the laggy planet Has faded to its common butRead more
The sun shines in England even Away above the clouds A shaking head is grief or ageing One smile makesRead more
Tear up this piece The shape Awful The words Erring The time Out of joint. This is no thesis. ItRead more
If all the books in my whole house I’ve never read
Out of tricky polymorphism re-expressed into
(Non-sexually of course)
Ones I would
And sat up hoping:
Some get better, some worse, and some stay just as they are.
Ran about 25 k today, something I haven’t done for a couple of months. Good on you legs: a marathonRead more
When I see an Indian myna cross the road, two things impress me: its pompousness; and the way it avoids neatly my wheels, without seeming effort. These may be the same thing. This poem is Based on a True Story.Read more
See her out with her husband in cool early scrub
A couple easily composed, inconceivable man on foot
Two legs four legs six legs eight
Don’t speed up don’t hesitate.
Winter teaches me to breathe, the moon to see:Read more
for Joni Mitchell How like breathing are the clouds How like blood like speaking like a chest if fire HowRead more
I haven’t been publishing poetry on www.voermans.net.au first, because of course that constitutes publishing, and I thought I’d have aRead more
Justin Bieber is a wanted fella
In Argentina (step and kick)
Justin Bieber failed to appear
After his subpoena (step step swoop)
Oh what a naughty he gonna get caughty bad Canadiol boy! (big split)
My animal is dumb
Arse a shelf
Gut the buddy boy I carry round
Mouth a window on my diet
Everybody part unsound
Everything a sight
I’ve forgotten who I might be
At market in a meeting permanently
Know the shape of situation
Cannot say the pain.
This is the wrong end of the FY
Confidence at a low I see
The yard that was home to car seat
Urine soaked teddy kikuyu and Maccas shit
Now mown angular and even green
(Thanks to Carbon Tax eradication)
Flashing festive Chinese blowup logoi
Of shiny Advent metonymy and/or joy
Causation of wood and stone
Formal proof of tree and bone
Consciousness won’t let alone
Or at least the karmic.
Today the world is too sweet way to be borne Too sweet way to be borne again my lover TooRead more
for Oscar, on seven years at the department
Blood magnolia in the shade of one cold;
Warmer blue bay tipping into ocean now –
So knob-head grumpy-jaw pinkies flood the fold;
Of all the minutes in a long afternoon
Of all the motes in the light in this room
The cool shade leaves shaking under this tree
Child sand designs on the shore of this sea
The Honourable Tongue hangs fat from its gob
The Honourable Tongue loves doing its job
The Honourable Tongue swings in the wind
The Honourable Tongue wouldn’t know if it sinned
Strong bones of tree Brains of red rock Feathered clear blue eye beyond, Silvereyes’ nerve Pulsing bees’ bole Far cryRead more
jacaranda against black clouds heart burns in the rising dark.Read more
There is no poem in me Crows on the evening, no platypus in the Darebin, A catalogue of weeds versusRead more
Joy is everywhere undeserved
A face a stepmother could love and serve
Mark the billboard’s smiling power
Verse the quatrain’s unplanned bower
Making some kind of sorrow rightRead more
So my website has been updated and I’m on leave for a week, just for the crack of it. FewRead more
The great benefit of Modern History,
Fast forward swipe on frame and Botox aside,
Is an Actor’s life on Facebookery
In touch minus foolish detail crisply fried,
Allowing so much more flexible achievement
Accountability intelligence and knowledge management,
To say nothing of bereavement
To say nothing of any moment
Doing nothing at all.Read more
Who loves the land the land loves love land love Who lands the love lands love’s love lands land love.Read more
Those newly born cannot worry they are unloved
Only horror could not see their blessing
Innocence at the end cannot pray it’s survived
In horror’s arms and macking.
i: Beautiful Death
Can a tree become a Saint?
Even a frail old elm beset
With auto fuel unburned
Cable rollout, and blight?
And was it a Saint as a sapling?
Or did it wildly sway
Care less, if it grew crookedly
Where its leaves might be falling
If its roots gripped right?
Makeshift Heart IX: upon the decay and death of Thatcher
My beloved gave me a nutcase bell with a glowing green brain on it
The damn thing broke within a couple of days but I cannot remove it
And so as I go pedalling for my life I cannot help it my brain tinkles:
Synapses alight with chemical connection in creative destruction
Neural Darwin makes up my mind. By fits and by starts I love everybody
And such is my heaven, my humanist hell. I fly down the road, ringing.
Hand is poised above the box –
l have never made the harder choice
The harder choice chose me
There was nothing much between my love
Sleep is not a hunger but a thirst and coffee will not slake it
The taste of water only lasts a moment and leaves the ravelled care still knit
The shape in wakeful bed attempts a dream but cannot make it fit
The eye a child awakes is aged but has more liquid in it.