Issue 4: Michael Farrell


between two mental prefectures. The relief & dismay remain stable

remarkable it has happened now, initials etc., outside

the acceptable margin, a dunce cap worn for the colour or design

very well thoughts belief; his new fetish for light was blame-

worthy. Probably going out blind, or seeing not feeling,

tasting ham thats not there, someone whos prone to nausea

15 FEB. Summers day. – Boxing valentines presents, down To single

Layers, in a country where marriage was still illegal his lover

of a compressed period runs off to England, tying

The Knot, a honeymoon he hated to imagine. Kiss

my briefcase he wrote; intra, nightmare had become a permanent

state, dice being more like jewels than sesame boxes, smearing

the fan till it broke.

18 FEB. Summers day. – They lit A Flame,

hi' this was the static everyone Had described. They

Discussed their status before the hotel; always he thinks

Of poland his ankles in foam
Tongues talking at once;

two choices one getting Under the rider; he

comes & sits with the community like one under control, these

are all effects of refusing anothers hand.

19 FEB. Summers day. – In the shimmer of curtains

big germans, sometime hollywood extras & madam, come in come go away!

There was no reason to stay here, speaking english for an hour

turns to love self portrait with balloon im still Alive. Silent

Flowering & calling, Man in car in
The distance another wideeyed victim;

with hair like butterfly wings. Who could bear to castrate

them, their pitiful lunchboxes warming the air melting

jelly-crystals finally in the fun food arena, – &

this is how we cure ourselves of making art!

Noone lives there

I had the hang, of getting lost.

Always asleep, jealous & praying but never estranged


'lyric' was written on an asialink residency to japan, & draws on a range of poetic forms and the poetics of nishiwaki junzaboro.

Michael Farrell is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne. His research concerns non-verse poetic experimentation in nineteenth century Australia. He has published three books of poetry, most recently a raiders guide (Giramondo, 2008), and is the co-editor (with Jill Jones) of Out of the Box: Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann, 2009).

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