Almanac Poetry: Three Little Worlds


Ophelia, by John Everett Millais, oil on canvas, c.1851. Tate Britain, London. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]


Little Generalissimos


‘Military strongmen,’
the world over,
are under five foot three,
have bad skin
and masturbate frequently.



The Erotic Wisdom of the East


Why does the Kama Sutra
use the term ‘sexual congress?’
It sounds like a senate sitting
where everyone’s randy.



The Best Times


The best times are so good
you regret they’re slipping through your fingers
while you’re having them.





(Acknowledgements: ‘Little Generalissimos’ and ‘The Erotic Wisdom of the East’ previously appeared in my second poetry collection, Lionheart Summer: published by Picaro Press in 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.


  1. The Best Times – spot on.

    The Irish are melancholy because when things are great, disaster must be just around the corner. And when things are bad, its to be expected.

    Whenever I have a brilliant time and that time ends, I feel like a tiny bit of me has died. Like when we are packing up the annual Stawell camp.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for the comments, Dips – what you’ve said in them of course resonates with me. Other relevant quotes:
    1/ from the Hoodoo Gurus song ‘Bittersweet’ , which ends with the repeated ‘It’s always bittersweet’
    2/ German playwright, Bertolt Brecht, said something like ‘The laughing man has not yet heard the unhappy news’
    3/ Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, known for his grim view of human nature, apparently, as a young kid, was wandering on a beautiful day with his mother, and praised the day to her in a glowing fashion … know what she said to him in reply … ‘Fuck off!’

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