a seduction by Barnaby Smith

    'the Cocteau is covered in butter'

    – Elvis Perkins

    forgot the illustrative line

    amid the complexity of debate

    – Russ Tamblyn in Tom Thumb

    – Russ Tamblyn in West Side Story

    (melodrama of strong

    circulatory systems)

    & that is taste—

    the essential material of melancholy

    set off against other


    the improbable resonance

    of a tongue in a mouth

    under neon, to be remembered

    in any mood

    when there's nothing on

    in town or tv, & the question becomes

    how much of your self do

    you give to live in the song


    Barnaby Smith is a poet, journalist and musician currently based near Sydney, Australia. His poetry has appeared in Cordite, Southerly, FourW, Foam:e, Australian Poetry Journal, Best Australian Poems, Australian Poetry Anthology, Meniscus, Transnational Literature, Molly Bloom, E:Ratio and others. His arts and music criticism has appeared in or at Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Australian Book Review, The Quietus and others, and he records music as Brigadoon. www.brigadoon.bandcamp.com