March 26 – April 1, 2018: Poetry from David Adès and Anthony Watts

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David Adès and Anthony Watts

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David Adès

Bio (auto)

David Adès is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet living in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Mapping the World (Friendly Street Poets / Wakefield Press, 2008) commended for the Anne Elder Award 2008, Afloat in Light (UWA Publishing, 2017) and the chapbook Only the Questions Are Eternal (Garron Publishing, 2015). His poems have appeared widely in Australia and the U.S. in publications including over 20 of the Friendly Street Readers, and numerous literary magazines and have also been widely anthologized. David has won the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize and been shortlisted or a finalist for a number of other prizes including the Raynes Poetry Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize and the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize.‬

The following work is Copyright © 2018, and owned by David Adès. and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

My Body is a Nest

My body is a nest full of hungry mouths.
When they speak, they say, listen to us,
they say, pay attention to our voices,

we are not vessels for your neglect.
I am medic, forever tending
my unruly heart, my restless mind,
the complaints of overworked muscles,
the weary foot soldiers of sinew and joint,
of tendon and ligament,
each break, dislocation, herniated disc,
every infection, every fevered thought,
the stiff ridges of scar tissue —
applying touch, applying my unguents
of balms, creams, tinctures,
but most of all inclining my head,
bringing close my ears.
I tell them, I am here for you always
as you are here for me,
let us slow waltz together to the end of our days.



Anthony Watts

Bio (auto)

Anthony has been writing ‘seriously’ for over 40 years and has had poems published in many magazines and anthologies, including Aesthetica, Angel Exhaust, Cipher, Clear Poetry, Early Works, Envoi, Frogmore Papers, Iota, Magma and Rialto. He’s had two full collection published, The Talking Horses of Dreams (Iron Press, 1999) and The Shell Gatherer (Oversteps, 2011) and two pamphlets, Strange Gold (KQBX Press, 1991) and  Steart Point (John Garland, 2009). Anthony has won prizes in national and international poetry competitions and his poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Somerset Sound. He lives in a rural village near Taunton in Somerset, England.

The following work is Copyright © 2018, and owned by Anthony Watts and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


Stiff as gristle,
freeze-framed in its last daredevil trapeze act,
the squirrel hangs in the power line
where an opportunist current made a
snap decision
to divert through the splayed length of its nerves:
front paws, back paws, glued to different wires,
it spans in the whip-crack second its forgotten past,
its aborted future.
Schoolkids (their day made)
marvel and mock
at the squirrel stapled to the sky.
Sky-paddles taut as rackets,
crackling with emerald light,
the dragonfly
has made a fatal touch-down
in wet tar
(mistook it for a deeply-shadowed pool
where larvae might subsist?)
and so the road has claimed
a lord of fire and air
and wears him like a medal on its chest.





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