Every machine will gradually take on this patina and lose its identity in its function.
– Wind, Sand and Stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
the government’s stance
on asylum seekers
could be best explained
in the way roll-your-own smokers
are smarter than tailored
purely because of the Aussie facts
on Tally-Ho packs, e.g.
The hottest Australian day in
history was in Oodnadatta,
South Australia. On the 2nd of
January 1960. It was 50.7C.
with anti-natural Enhance your you
beauty injections OR natural beauty OR beauty (!) inject
Enhance with anti-wrinkle with ant ink
your wrinkle. injections. o (!) (w ink) .
‘how to get lost in ’
go to ’s
and turn left then right
then left usw.
detail the walk
8202 Fury Fury SHORTY RIGS Ryos Pacific National …
54 carriages of coal
‘a run-away economy’
I forgot about it from time to time; only when
my teacher came into the classroom and put
the composition books down on the desk without
a word, I was afraid he had found out about it,
and the whole world would find out about it.
As a rule, I was the first he called up when the
composition books were distributed, and I had
to go out in front of the class …
how poetry passes the time –
a Dionysian app – the aim?
one must be absolutely modern
in an ad for tic-tacs:
Do you chew?
move to Spain
get a job and enjoy
tapas y cerveza after this
lose one’s self to travel
head to Tarifa look over
at the mountains of Morocco
sitting in a summer mist
write something short
and meditative about
the winter morning
i smoked a Marlboro gold in Incheon
staring at the clean
… the only one who had made no mistakes.
1 worker hammers, 4 workers watch
( ‘… Coniston, Dapto, Unanderra …’ )
She died the same summer and …
a baby cries, conductor whistles
… I forgot about it, as you forget water
you drank somewhere when you were thirsty.
Jake Goetz is a writer from Sydney. His poetry has most recently appeared in Cordite, Rabbit, Otoliths and is forthcoming in Southerly. In 2016 he completed a manuscript of poems through the ASA’s Emerging Writers mentorship program.