Les has performed and conducts workshops across Australia (and, he notes, he "is still smiling often"). He runs Meuse Press which focuses on outreach projects like poetry on buses and poetry published on the surface of a river, latest publication being “From this Broken Hill”.
favours green cloth on some worlds,
wears a ring of molten copper.
Life is thread and we worship for this.
No easy hand this Ascendant Intent -
the erosion of constant birth
scarring sucker punch, self harm,
as meteorites score or scar the psalms of gravity.
Its laughter is spherical. A clay stew of canned life,
the lyric of freeways - endearment of silt.
Dressed suburbs have trod this unloved coil.
No contention of white
as gravel swallows sense from nuclear heat.
Maybe lifelessness, those world-rocks
where chemicals wander confused by dark,
begging at void. Or the moons
with nothing to breathe… puppetry of the self.
Can you paint a beard on this?
God of joinery and dread, Toot the Hod,
works in spasms. Pray to your bed.
Do the robot, slippery discothèque
“large-boned”, big-bum-bouncing in space,
The bludger god
intermittently pretends it’s water as it turns, but
fails in grace.
A smoker, it aspires at times to illuminate
as gunpowder gumtrees adopt the fire
or vomit burns a phlegmy magma-gold to
no effect as ash negates all gleam.
Below the cancer of air toxic-blue,
the master is a suspicious brown sod, gravy days
carrion cradle, pancake.
Each planet is trash in its way.
Your nature is set
and movement fails the change.
Fast food, inured to season,
more than a ravenous mind
but less than husk.
The Melanglo Killer, the Iraq Killer, the Holy Tease - tangential flecks
pretend we go as we please
across spine, down the groin
of parental soil. Stay positive, broken. Yes, pray
because of this.
You are the stuff of worlds
in turn the universe
by the living eyes
strapped down by the weight of twist.
Loving in its way,
warm in repose,
said the tapeworm.
From: the Ambrosiacs (Island, 2009)
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