Thursday, 26 September 2013

Off the Page

26 September 2013

Last night at Browns Mart in the Darwin CBD ‘Off the Page’ resumed under the guiding eye of Panos Couros  director of the Northern Territory Writers Centre and ably assisted by NTWC manager, Kaye Hall.

An appreciative crowd was treated to some of the Darwin’s literary and poetic talent. The guest line-up included :

Ben Quinn extraordinary young musician,songwriter who is on the way to achieving  his dream of making a living from music.

Coral Carter: Read from her book 'Descended from Thieves'

Blood Love

I met my cousin
on Wilson Street
at 16 he dived
into a rock
did time in a chair
now walks with a stick
feet twisted out
like Charlie Chaplin
but no one is laughing
we met last
at uncles wake
the ghost of our grandmother
cursed as she poured the whisky
down the drain
the girl cousins
sang sad movies in their underwear
our cousin broke down said we didn’t love him
we said
blood love
is deep and red
it stains
that was before our other cousin wrestled him to the ground
in front of 36 Varden Street
to take his keys
not that he had a drivers licence any way
we rang a taxi and sent him home
he doesn’t drink too much now
he has given the women away
they drove him to it
happier alone
his daughter up north
his sister round three with cancer
we remembered his father
who won the lottery
drank 12 longnecks a night
until his brain dissolved
I met my cousin on Wilson Street
he wears the Aboriginal colours on his wrist
a twenty year old hat
black jeans skinny legs
not the kind of bloke
some would want to meet
blood love
is deep and red
it stains.

'Descended From Thieves '
Coral Carter
Mulla Mulla Press
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