Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Poetry by David Ades

Talking to Myself

It’s in silence, understand,
the inner voice of my inner voice

with all its nuances, its wry wit
for my ears only, its endless

loving monologue, its wakefulness,
its antipathy to silence,

its restless, un-stilled, always
looking-at-itself-in-the-mirror preening,

its wondering at what the inner voice
of my father’s inner voice

sounded like, and all those other
inner voices prowling in their cages,

day after day, year after year,
lifetime upon lifetime,

those voices it craves to speak to
and never will.

- David Ades 2015

David Adès is an Australian poet living in Pittsburgh since 2011.  He has been a member of Friendly Street Poets since 1979.  His collection Mapping the World (Friendly Stret Poets / Wakefield Press) was commended for the Anne Elder Award 2008He was a volunteer editor of the Australian Poetry Members Anthology Metabolism. 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. In 2014 David was awarded the inaugural University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize and was also shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize. Recently, one of his poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In October 2015, Garron Publishing will launch David’s chapbook, Only the Questions Are Eternal: see http://www.garronpublishing.com

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