TEXT poetry

 

Gregory A Gould

 


Sequence #2

1.
the man who asked
a question asked
a question asked
a question asked

2.
there is no word for

3.
today i didn’t want
to follow the lines
so i turned the page
on its side
and built my words
like a city

4.
then he told us
that he was conceived
only because his parents
purchased a new couch
and i remember how
the class laughed
at his mathematics

5.
sometimes
heads explode
for no
reason

 

 

Sequence #5

1.
there is no darkness
like a white page
except perhaps
a mouth full of ink

2.
chewing down the last
page of this book
i wonder what seed
has been sown in my belly

3.
terminology:
an affliction of the tongue
often resulting in comically
mistimed miscommunications
and hyper-red blotching of the face
esoterically fatal
but easily treated with repeated
doses of silence or by placing
the offending tongue tightly
between clenched teeth
if symptoms persist
see your dictionary

4.
on page 294
of Dostoyevsky’s The Devils
a message from a previous reader:
dude, give up now
this page is the best bit
it all gets shit from here
The Duel was over

5.
because existence
is measured in words
your life is as short
as this sentence

6.
nine words
are all i need
to say nothing

 


 

Gregory A Gould studied Creative Writing at the University of Canberra and is the co-founder of Blemish Books.  He grew up in far north Queensland.

 

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Vol 16 No 1 April 2012
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Editors: Nigel Krauth & Enza Gandolfo
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