Almanac Poetry: At Isobel’s



[Source: Thomas Tolkien/Wikimedia Commons.]


At Isobel’s


The sea stretching from your front door
to an Antarctic horizon
is a witch’s cauldron,
boiling angry blue.


That shovel-headed brutish dog
which badly mauled your cat
affectionately nuzzles my leg
– I pat it out of fear.


The idiot Narnian goat
grazing in your backyard
displaces me with a psychotic stare
– I don’t know where I am.


And you don’t seem to have the slightest clue
how much you need to feel threatened.




(Acknowledgements: published in Cadenza, UK, in 2002; then in my first poetry collection, Vigorous Vernacular, 2008, 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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