Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Rob Schackne #148 - "Writing is against us"

'Writing is against us'

Writing is against us. To be loved
for what we ourselves won't ever love
to read the poems written when I was 21
I laugh. Some poetry was trying to get out
sure I didn’t yet know the truth, so if judged
I could only just be hated for the things I knew
my maximal emotions pinned on a line like socks
a single fragile cassette played over and over again
and if I were loved for the poems that spoke no truth
I could spend a lifetime damned. I'm probably 
now that the stuff is pouring out of me. Writing when I’m 63
I hardly care what this means anymore, or what it meant to me.


  1. I would love to read a poem you wrote at 21! xM

  2. Ha. How nice. Those poems are in storage boxes in a Melbourne warehouse, where they sit in darkness with books and music and paintings...and after so many years no doubt they're all wondering what happened.

  3. poems in a dark storage place... there's a poem in that!


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