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Poem published in Divan Poetry Journal

‘No Straight Lines in Nature’

My poem ‘No Straight Lines in Nature‘ was sucked into the space time vortex ๐Ÿ˜‰ and re-emerged twice for breath.

Well it took nearly three years but the poem was accepted for publication in the Divan Poetry Journal in 2010 (sent in November 2009), has finally seen the light of day in Edition 8 of Divan Poetry Journal!

I had given up hope of hearing from the editors of Divan and had an edited version of the poem (and new title) published in Verity La – you may remember.

The Divan Poetry Journal Issue 8 has suffered numerous delays according to Editor, Dr Earl Livings at Boxhill Institute of TAFE (including State government cuts to the TAFE system and software issues).

Never mind.

It’s here now and you can pop over and read the first version of the poem here.

I originally wrote the poem for Paul Squires (who often waxed lyrical about the non-linear nature of time) and it seems appropriate that the poem has been on such a convoluted trip to publication (and note the poem was published in Divan on the 26th of July – so close to the anniversary of his death on the 28th of July).

Divan has published some pretty famous poets in previous editions (eg., Pam Brown, Ali Alizadeh,ย  Chris Wallace-Crabbe) so I am honoured to be included in the contributors list.ย  A thankyou to Editor Earl Livings (and no thanks to the State Government cuts in funding ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).
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Cartoon Life (for Fortnight of Funnies)

Fortnight of Funnies

tintin-et-cie by Benedicte Delachanal

This is my second poem published in Rhyme & PUNishment: Comedic Verse as discussed yesterday :). The wonderful cartoon above is from French speaking Canadian artist Benedicte Delachanal who blogs at Carnet De Dessins.

Cartoon Life

I want to live a cartoon life.

Things are clean and crispy white
in cartoon land.
Tintinโ€™s dog Snowy,
Casper the friendly ghost
and Snoopy breathe in
the illustrators oxygen.

Strong clear black lines,
simple forms.
Dirt, unpleasant odours and itchy orifices are found elsewhere.

Swift resurrection follows bomb blasts,
bloody severed heads and ruptured spleens
no-where to be found.

Cartoon cats are squished, splayed, spliced and stretched
into emaciated bubble gum shapes,
but no worries โ€“ they quickly
spring, re-inflate and snap back into shape.

Scientific principles, gravity, speed and such like, are flexible.

Daffy Duck steps off the cliff
suspended in mid-air, until realising
the jam heโ€™s in and plummets to safety.

Bugs Bunny is catapulted out of a cannon,
speed unchanging until telephone poles get involved.

Cowardly cartoon characters exit buildings
via replica perforations in the walls.
The threat of marriage often the motivation.

Solid walls painted to resemble a tunnel
can be entered by some but not others.
Flattened bodies of rodents, rabbits and coyotes
are testament to this variability of access.

But best of all, bags possessed by cool characters
have the ability to hold any amount of stuff
with no changes in external dimensions
of the bag โ€“ just like the TARDIS in Dr Who.

Yes, I want to live a cartoon life.

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