Discovering poetry

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Re: Discovering poetry

Post by JimC » Sun Jun 04, 2023 8:32 pm

Property, by Australian poet Les Murray

In my secret garden
I kept three starlings
In my hidden wallet
Three copper farthings

One dim grey evening
The birds escaped me
And a crippled man stole
My shining money

The starlings wandered
Till three hawks took them
And now my agents
Have caught the cripple
Nurse, where the fuck's my cardigan?
And my gin!

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Re: Discovering poetry

Post by Sean Hayden » Mon Jun 12, 2023 8:09 pm

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It works for me the first read, and if I don't take it too seriously. Unfortunately all the recordings I could find on youtube took the poem very seriously :lol: --made it feel self-conscious, like an outsider's attempt, rather than a fun criticism of the more absurd outcomes of chasing the almighty dollar.

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Re: Discovering poetry

Post by Brian Peacock » Thu Oct 26, 2023 12:21 am

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