07 Last Seen

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  • My first printed book of poetry "One For The Road" is all about travel and journey, a collection representing work written over a 6 year period.

    Featuring Hopeless crushes in strange places, communications breakdowns, heartbreak, isolation, floods in Thailand, scams in Malaysia, wankers in Auckland, disillusionment in India, freaking out in the Sahara, and a stolen pith helmet in Nepal. We go from exotic adventure to facing up the economic disparities in the world.

    It's 22 individual stories on 60 pages, staple stitched with illustrations, all created and composed by the author.

    Also there's elephants in it. It's pretty good.

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Music by Andrew Hone.

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LAST SEEN


Last seen
as a square peg in a round hole
laughing politely in good humour at bad jokes
that patronise his nationality
while muttering under his breath
I’ll throw you on the barbeque
With another shrimp... motherfucker

last seen
being given shit about the fosters beer
that he wouldn’t touch
to save his life
from folks actually drinking it themselves
last seen blowing it
misspent and depleted
like uranium shelling out
for overpriced cookies
wrapped in plastic
that taste like air conditioning

last seen
-in the last scene from the movie
-with that guy
-who does that thing
-that one time
-that was cool
yeah that movie rocks

last seen rocking out to his own rhythm
when earphones are bunker windows
back into down town mental health states
last seen swan-diving into Ani DiFranco lyrics
late night at Leicester square
living in clip while chewing the fat
from those overpriced feeds.

last seen
leading rebellions against
any kind of commonality
common decency
common sense, or common causes
last seen causing problems in Spanish bus stops
like yeah you call the fuckin’ cops!

last seen on the offensive
during an anxiety attack
last seen on the floors
crunching guts into numbers
fit to be seen, sights
from emotionally safe distances

last seen
still sitting there fantasizing
from behind his sunshades,
thoughts pornographic
smirk on his face

last seen lying to your face
trying to hide in plain sight
running for the shadows
and cursing his own left footprints
like they were a bin full of broken umbrellas
in a spring hail storm

last seen unrecognized in the mirror
last seen saying
“are those my feet?”

last seen on a computer screen
last seen seeing himself on a computer screen
last seen looking for himself on a computer screen
a rough silhouette
to fit your description
at poor resolution

last seen as smudged fingerprints
cameo appearances
in second-hand stories
...or at least that’s what I heard

last seen never to be heard from again

last seen too far gone
and still he goes on
last seen expecting himself to be sighted
in every same-but-different way
last seen waiting somewhere
to see
what he will actually look like

next.

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from Product, released September 1, 2013
Featuring Steve Smart.
Music by Andrew Hone.

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Randall Stephens Melbourne, Australia

Randall Stephens writes poetry about other poetry, cycling, sexuality, masculinity, dinosaurs and your boyfriend. People have called Randall controversial. Randall has called people losers.

Randall has toured extensively in Australia, as well as in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo.

Also competed in London and New York, but didn’t do very well so don’t tell him I mentioned that.
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