November verse 9: In Newtown
Noon, Saturday. As I went walking
King Street South I met a flow,
a gaggle, not a troupe, of talking
mimes – youths dressed à la Marceau:
white face, striped shirt, a red carnation.
Cheerful, noisy desecration.
If mimes aren’t silent, what’s the point?
The times are clearly out of joint.
Then at the bus stop, here’s a scammer:
‘Hi,’ she says, ‘Long time no see!’ …
Then, ‘Would you like to come with me?’
She made no headway with her glamour.
‘Five dollars, then?’ I shook my head.
All when I went to buy some bread.
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- Fishing for Lightning (Sarah Holland-Batt 2021) 16 January 2022I read a couple of the essays in this when they first appeared in the Weekend Australian, and was delighted to receive the book as a Christmas gift. I hope it will make me less ignorant about contemporary Australian poetry.
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- Amazon Prime: Being the Ricardos (Aaron Sorkin 2020) 14 January 2022I enjoyed this a lot. Both Nicole Kidman and Xavier Bardem are terrific, and I forgot that it was an Aaron Sorkin script.
- To Sir with Love (James Clavell 1967) 14 January 2022Sidney Poitier is still a commanding presence on this story of a teacher who wins over a room full of recalcitrant students. The students are pretty harmless by today's movie standards, and mostly unconvincing. I didn't know it was directed by an Australian, and didn't remember how blatantly was addressed to a US audience. But watching it was […]
- Fishing for Lightning (Sarah Holland-Batt 2021) 16 January 2022
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