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

inclinations:

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


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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