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Ghosts bristle from the grimy
grout of cobbles and tiles. Foot

-paths, the Ouija board. Feet
pulled by forces to trace, decrypt

names. Whispers just audible
to haunted ears. Pedestrians

strollers and filth, endless
streets. My mind an accomplice

a terrified toddler, curious
climbs the steps toward the attic

a house planted on dead memories.
Eyes catch shadows, shoes

read the Braille of faces. Shades
surface beneath my boots, blacken

the soles on the sullen trail,
a ghost-infested city.

 Ali Alizadeh’s latest book is Ashes in the Air (UQP, 2011), shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Poetry. His next novel will be published by UQP in 2013. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Monash University. He has a website:

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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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  • Regibald Inkling January 14, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Great imagery created in this piece. I feel the poets tone, and I see his technique. Very good work.

  • Regibald Inkling January 14, 2013, 2:24 pm

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