Friday, November 25, 2011

This is the front cover of the latest anthology from the Melbourne Poets Union of poetry about tea, wine & coffee (however, I'm still waiting for the book to be listed in bookstores for real cover). Nevertheless it's a beautifully presented work by many well known Melbourne poets, and I'm proud to have a poem in there called "Left Over Wine". Here's part of the poem only, because the anthology would make a great Christmas present.
Contact MPU for details.


Left Over Wine

   it's fragile
and rehearsed in this mind cask
home pleasures are like the sentiment
of crisp, summer wine

it mouths get help!
so you dive unexpectedly
into the freezing brook
through wooded trees
          perfectly still
only you've had more wine than usual
and distortion wins

the grass is intense
and there's plenty of green
it's like having a bottle
          you've saved all these years

blackberries hedge the railway bridge
          mulberries give a whole new meaning
          to bottled jam
          the purple avenger stays before tea
you say 'no' to this dream in your head
it's a letting down of home-field
the school team
you approach fewer each year

you let the grader scrape the voices in the glade
swing the river rope you missed
          hold your breath longer under water

you can't remember how many silkworms you kept
or when the blackberries disappeared
          but the wine tastes sweeter than it used to

the old neighbourhood has disappeared in brick
the weathercock is a stable dish
and backyard pickets no longer talk

          you turn over, wake in a different world 

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Helen Hagemann, MBA(Wrtg) ECowan. Her first literary collection, Evangelyne & other poems, was published by the Australian Poetry Centre in their New Poets Series 2009. 'of Arc & Shadow' is her second full collection published by Sunline Press. She has two e-books, The Joyous Lake & Par écrit: poetry of the feminine @ http://issuu.com/evangelyne/​​docs/joyous_lake/

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