Stephanie de Montalk

Last Stand

As the composer
of a slim volume
of obscure verse,

I have been asked
by my sponsor,
who has seen a gap
in the market
for the straightforward
expression of torment
and other tragic
manifestations of the heart,

to write a story
with blockbuster potential
about battles, wounds,
wolves trying to raise
viable cubs…

and received a bouquet
of roses and daffodils
as an inducement.

I fill a receptacle,
stir in a packet
of preserving agent,

shorten the stems
and consider

the significance
of hot house summer
and spring yellow
with evergreen foliage

in the same
persuasive arrangement.

Hinemoana Baker (audio)
James Brown (audio)
Rachel Bush (audio)
Jen Crawford
Emily Dobson
Megan Johnson
Andrew Johnston
Stefanie Lash
Anna Livesey
Stephanie de Montalk  
Marty Smith
Elizabeth Smither
Cath Vidler
Sue Wootton
Sonja Yelich

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