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From: Vol.09 N.01 – A Poetics of Rights


by Owen Bullock
– a haiku sequence

red sky 
in the morning 
2% chance of rain

two crested pigeons
and a mudlark 
walking ahead of me

I crave a thing
I threw away

40 degrees –
the melting tar 
follows us home

nothing more profound 
paper poppy petals

the poppies stop 

tai chi
stepping in   
the ocean    
stepping out

sinks into rockpools

shooting star 
at year’s end . . .
I don’t know what it means

zoonotic . . .
corral us
Published: August 2022
Owen Bullock

Owen Bullock’s most recent publications are Impression (Beir Bua Press, 2022) and Uma rocha enorme que anda à roda (A big rock that turns around), translations of his tanka into Portuguese by Francisco Carvalho (Temas Originais, 2021). His other titles include Summer Haiku (Recent Work Press, 2019), Work & Play (Recent Work Press, 2017), and Semi (Puncher & Wattmann, 2017). He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. His other interests include juggling, music and chess. @OwenTrail @ProcessPoetry

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