Almanac Poetry: The Decline of Western Civilisation


Destruction, from The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole (1836). (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)


The Decline of Western Civilisation


Helpers in kindergartens are now
‘early learning facilitators’.


Greyhounds have become
‘elite canine athletes’.


Literature academics
specialize in ‘twitter poetry’.



(Acknowledgement: first appeared in Orpheus in the Undershirt, Ginninderra Press, 2018.)



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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) 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. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose. He laments the extinction of Cascade Pale Ale and Kiwi Lager.


  1. Kevin – where to begin hey?

    A TV add the other day told me to ” find my amazing”.

    My amazing what?

    Think I might permanently retreat to my safe hub.

  2. ad not add.

    Being short for advertizzement.

  3. Kevin Densley says

    Hi Dips.

    Glad you’re taking some appropriate “learnings” out of this poem!

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