Kenneth Slessor

(27 March 1901 – 30 June 1971 / Orange, New South Wales)

William Street

Poem by Kenneth Slessor

The red globe of light, the liquor green,
the pulsing arrows and the running fire
spilt on the stones, go deeper than a stream;
You find this ugly, I find it lovely

Ghosts' trousers, like the dangle of hung men,
in pawn-shop windows, bumping knee by knee,
but none inside to suffer or condemn;
You find this ugly, I find it lovely.

Smells rich and rasping, smoke and fat and fish
and puffs of paraffin that crimp the nose,
of grease that blesses onions with a hiss;
You find it ugly, I find it lovely.

The dips and molls, with flip and shiny gaze
(death at their elbows, hunger at their heels)
Ranging the pavements of their pasturage;
You Find this ugly, I find it lovely .


Comments about William Street by Kenneth Slessor

  • wah, wah wahwah (3/3/2020 8:41:00 PM)

    God tier poem ngl, its honestly kinda nutty.(Report)Reply

    Tim Nate(3/12/2020 3:40:00 AM)

    this man is obviously fricking disabled as you can tell by the way he ducking stutters when he writes his own name. He also liked this poem so he must be either a dip or a moll

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  • JOHN EISLE (3/19/2019 6:26:00 PM)

    DEPRESSION THIS poem is like so like hard to like write about(Report)Reply

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  • Tim Nate (3/4/2019 1:54:00 AM)

    I hate this poem so much that when I read it all i wanted to do was put a gun to my head and be free from a world where this poem exists(Report)Reply

    wah, wah wahwah(3/3/2020 8:42:00 PM)

    Shut up i bet you dont is gay

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  • Mohammad Atahi (8/18/2006 7:10:00 AM)

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    wah, wah wahwah(3/3/2020 8:41:00 PM)

    I can confirm its about slime.

    slime man(6/21/2018 9:13:00 PM)

    it is about slime

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Friday, November 18, 2011