Wednesday, April 08, 2015

New Poetry by Julie Maclean

Pacific traits

You know the sea is
over the hollow tops

of worn volcanoes
darkening the distance

and you know it's hours
before you'll be under

a cocktail umbrella dipping
a tongue into a gin sling

And while we're in the land
of cane prosperity

palms and white slats
give a colonial clue

to a slave trade past
& on a foreign archipelago

pretty girls are groomed
to practise dark arts

Out there somewhere
a giant turtle bumps

a cruise ship heading for
Happy Hour

- Julie Maclean 2015

Julie’s third collection, ‘Kiss of the Viking’ was published by Poetry Salzburg in 2014. Poetry appears in international journals including Poetry (Chicago) and The Best Australian Poetry (UQP). Blog:

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