John Forbes

(1 September 1950 - 23 January 1998 / Melbourne, Australia)

John Forbes Poems

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1. Ars Poetic 5/5/2012
2. Death, An Ode 5/5/2012
3. Event Horizon 5/5/2012
4. Four Heads & How To Do Them 5/5/2012
5. Love Poem 5/5/2012
6. Ode To Karl Marx 5/5/2012
7. Ode To Tropical Skiing 5/5/2012
8. Popular Classics 5/5/2012
9. Rocket To Rome 5/5/2012
10. Scottische 5/5/2012
11. Speed, A Pastoral 5/5/2012
12. The Age Of Plastic 5/5/2012
13. The Best Of All Possible Poems 5/5/2012
14. The Return 5/5/2012
15. To The Bobbydazzlers 5/5/2012
16. Tv 5/5/2012
17. Admonition 5/5/2012
18. After The Bombs We Invent The Future 5/5/2012
19. Antipodean Heads 5/5/2012
20. On The Beach: A Bicentennial Poem 5/5/2012
21. Anzac Day 5/5/2012
Best Poem of John Forbes

Anzac Day

A certain cast to their features marked
the English going into battle, & then, that

glint in the Frenchman’s eye meant ‘Folks
clear the room!’ The Turks knew death

would take them to a paradise of sex
Islam reserves for its warrior dead

& the Scots had their music. The Germans
worshipped the State & Death, so for them

the Maximschlacht was almost a sacrament.
Recruiting posters made the Irish soldier

look like a saint on a holy card, soppy & pious,
the way the Yanks go on about their dead.

Not so the Australians, unamused, ...

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Ars Poetic

<i>I wanna be sedated </i>
The Ramones

Raving against the space
where the poem sounds
like a revolving door that
makes the noise a car makes
bumping into the dole—
that’s the target. And don’t

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