Poetry

Dennis Haskell: Four Poems

How Close to Calligraphy For Robert Gray   Through the graffitied windows of a rackety Sydney train I look out on “hectares” of suburbs but the word sounds odd to someone who grew up in feet and inches, and still thinks ordinarily of acres, who remembers “chains” and “roods” and “perches”, those useless imperial words now mummified in bandages of silence   utterly unlike the silence of margins —not the so fashionably academic outside the suburbs, but that white space at the ends of our lines that publishers insist readers insist on, the spaces that show we believe there is…

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