Almanac Poetry: Another for Mr Malley


Cover of the magazine Angry Penguins, featuring the work of the fictional ‘Ern Malley’. [Source: Wikimedia Commons.]


Another for Mr Malley


Snakes like slippery fingers
remind me of your thoughts.


Rusted white wrought-iron gates
promise indifferent heaven.


Rowdy and impatient,
I caw among the cockatiels.


Listless birds-of-paradise
shatter your garden with brilliance.



(Acknowledgements: first appeared in Tamba magazine, 2009;, then in my second poetry collection, Lionheart Summer, published by Picaro Press, 2011, reprinted by Ginninderra Press, 2018.)





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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, was published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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