Peter Bakowski Poems
- Portrait Of Blood The thin armour you give the newborn,
- Nature Does What Nature Does Either tortoises live long lives...
- Instructions To Horsemen, Krak...
- Men Some worry about going bald, others go bald from ...
- Missing In Action Although she’s mopping the kitchen ...
- Choose Your Moment Before you lecture a thirsty ...
- Away From Such Vanity When a man grows a moustache, his ...
Peter Bakowski is an Australian poet. His poems often use deceptively simple words and images, reminiscent at times of words in a child's picture book, but with some stylistic similarities to the work of writers such as Charles Simic. or Vítězslav Nezval.
Born in Melbourne, to Polish-German immigrants. Bakowski was born premature, with a hole in the heart, he has survived two heart operations. His parents ran a delicatessen, and after completing his secondary schooling he worked in a series of low-paying jobs before opening his own record shop in the early 1980s.
He commenced writing poetry while travelling through Texas in 1983. His early works, ... more »
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Portrait Of Blood
The thin armour
you give the newborn,
when the bullied fall,
to the hill of a bruise.
The shape of your engine room,
lovers carve into tree trunks.
you blossom from
every wounded soldier and civilian.
In the field hospital
you glisten on
the gloved hands of surgeons
and each busy scalpel.
You’re not to be trusted,
rummaging in the attic of our skulls,
studying the ...