James Charlton

Melbourne / Australia
James Charlton
Melbourne / Australia

Poems

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1.
Truganini’s Soliloquy
I have known Earth’s texture
like another skin.
All my life I have seen
the unseen entities. Each one
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2.
Koonya, Cape Barren Island, 1828
She wore a sheen of possum fat,
ran from the surf with high-up knees,
kept orange starfish in a pool.
She flayed the sky with kelp straps,
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3.
On A Day Of Still Heat
In the still heat
a breadfruit ripens:
a multitude of tiny sunspots
mounted on hexagonal platelets,
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4.
Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos
Random as rags whooshed off a truck,
they indolently amble on the air. This caterwaul:
wee-la. Yes, there,
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5.
Absence
Your absence
holds the shape
of your face.
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6.
Luminous Bodies
Her old VW
mows the dirt road
to my shack,
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7.
To Governor George Arthur In Heaven
You didn’t fornicate, swear or drink.
You didn’t cheat or hate.
Each night, studying Scripture,
you thanked the Lord for dying to save you.
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8.
Sister Spider
This large, sedentary spider
which shares our bathroom,
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