turbine 02

Turbine 02
Gregory Dally
Emily Dobson
Cliff Fell
Janis Freegard
James Gardner
Chloe Gordon
Paula Harris
Chris House
Elizabeth Isichei
Andrew Johnston
Julie Leibrich
Anna Livesey
Robert McGonigal
Katherine Morice
Bridget Musters
Robin Naylor
Nic Newman
Naomi O'Connor
A. E. Rothman
Frances Samuel
Richard Smith
Catherine Vidler-Smith
Margaret Vos
Louise Wrightson

Chloe Gordon

Work by this Author:
   The Last
   Friend Whose Parents Were Hippies

The Last

I'd breathed steam
at the book sale tables, recorded
some appealing titles:
Sombreros Are Becoming.
Mango Summer.

But the good ones'd gone.

Outside, amazed, numb-rendered, I thought
of buying a bag of Twisties,
          dangling my feet
over the lagoon.
Good child's
     company for a cold dusk.

Instead I huddled.
     Red-handed girl
waiting for the city lights, I chattered
in my journal and canoes reeled
               in and out of the water.

When the lights finally winked
each other out
     of hiding
I went back to mine, my own spines.
Standing quiet, homing up
in the lift, I thought,
You tried to teach us the sadness of Plath.
     We couldn't learn it. That wind
had not
     boxed our ears.

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