is an Australian poet who has published on a broad range
of topics in numerous magazines and e-zines in Australia,
the US, Canada and the UK. His collections are
The DNA Bookshelf, Moments from Red Hill (with Red Hill
Regenerators environmental group, To the Spice Islands
and Edge of Southern Bright (2017).
Collections are available:
Edge of Southern Bright via Ginninderra Press web site
from Collected Works Bookshop Melbourne, The National Library
via email at email@example.com, on Amazon or as e-book
on Amazon Kindle, with The DNA Bookshop and To the
Spice Islands. Moments from Redhill can be obtained from
www.redhillregenerators.org.au or at www.belgrovepress.com
Some poems are given below. EDGE OF SOUTHERN BRIGHT
Near the Edge
Above the road is a rusted sheet iron stable
with a horse outside; an image from past scattered farms
near where iron stained clay banks stretched Sydney’s water supply
piped from a century ago. Father worked a stint there.
On the downhill side market stalls crowd
the double drive-in theatre normally vacant in daylight.
Antiques are sold, trash and treasure, pets
and greasy food, within surfing music from an ageing band.
Polite people slowly trawl technicolour alleys.
Spanish speaking South Americans offer jewellery;
a too-thin man sells cassettes;
families of heavy islanders scan for bargains;
slender African youths flaunt jaunty masking walks
while an old man and woman show horror-hinting faces;
Muslim fathers herd sons, all in white robes
while up the road the English theme pub draws another crowd.
Published in Quadrant
at a moment
when my eyes long to drift
city lights surround
Published in Ribbons (US)
The noise is curious
I am drawn to look
to ghost through the garden
in early morning night
with no moon
or electric light
with no clouds or factory haze.
Constellations are bright
across the acrylic sky.
Above the horizon a red star
hovers like a sentry
while night shines half-day from starlight.
I have seen this sky before
above a country river.
Published in Magic Cat (UK)
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