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floats down river
worries about mud lice
and loss of power

stops in no parking zones

will recall
a brief encounter
with a Gospel piano

enters the playground of roofs

yields nothing
to hungry dogs
or startled onlookers

no longer holds
blood orange
and old sausage

bumps into bridges
asks nothing of river bank

mourns broken seals
steals past ships

notes other white goods
on top of cars
at the bottom
of swimming pools

cannot avoid direct sunlight
releases carbon slowly
into surging brown water

born to beer
once dated an esky

hovers over houses
is alarmed by outboard motor

drifts past factories
plays dodgem with bus stops

glides through the drive through
carries no change
does not order
a fudge sundae

bears more than it’s own weight
ferries the last of the sea gulls

wishes for a raincoat
finds a broken umbrella

asks a drowned cat
how many lives?


David Stavanger – aka Ghostboy – is the Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde of Australian poetry. David’s poetry has been widely published in the likes of FourW, foame:e, Going Down Swinging and The Spoken Word Revolution: Redux (USA). His new collection of poetry And the Ringmaster Said… was released by Small Change Press in 2008.  Ghostboy won the Performance Poetry World Cup (2005) establishing him as one of Australia’s most innovative spoken “weird” artists. He has been QLD’s “slammaster” since 2005 coordinating two of the nations biggest slam events in the Australian Poetry Slam (Queensland) and the WordFood slam at the Woodford Folk Festival. Ghostboy also fronts punk kabaret act Ghostboy with Golden Virtues  and has performed his work on ABC & Triple J radio. Festivals featured at include the Brisbane Writers Festival, Byron Bay Writers Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and ‘NightWords’ at the Sydney Opera House.

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Tamryn Bennett is an Australian writer and visual artist currently living in Mexico. Since 2004 she has exhibited artists books (Showers and Clearing and Polaroids and Postcards) illustrations and comics in Sydney, Melbourne and Mexico. Her poetry, illustrations and articles have appeared in Five Bells, Nth Degree, Mascara Literary Review and various academic publications. She has a PhD in ‘Comics Poetry’ from The University of New South Wales and when in Sydney was Art & Publications Director for The Red Room Company.

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