13 You Fucking Poet

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Poem co-written with Alex Scott. Music by Andrew Hone. Introduction taken from 'Death to Poets', Henry Rollins' "A Rollins in the Rye".

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YOU FUCKING POET


You have eyes
window pained and steaming
as your insides gush
hot and cold

you have a skin
covering your insides
with outsides
so you can cover this
contraceptive membrane
in scars

you want to feel everything
you are hurt, everywhere
and you squirm
a million hands on you
and you love it
don’t you?

a shallow bottomed vessel
you are barely...
or not at all

your pain is
a transplanted heart failure
the world that ends each day
just a little.

house wine?
you are the house wine!
~ a righteous lefty
skimming pages for the right recipe
so you can set them on fire
trying to find
the perfect formula…

poor soul
you really do
want the cake
and eat it too

or to have it
not to eat it, as well
just so you can tell them...
yes

all about...
the hunger
–oh how I hunger!
or about how beautiful the cake is
–it was so so... beautiful!
or the anticipation
-cake I yearn for you!
I want to eat it!
oh, If only you could!

or tell them about
the last bad dining experience:
I was young and innocent
and dining

or
whatever because like cakes... (meh)
you can keep your cake
and I hope you two are good together

'cause it’s a cake-walk for the rest
while you're off, lost
unfed... when you can’t see the forest
for the cake …trees
trees with leaves
like pages
for you to read into
between lines
trying to find
the real reason
while your stomach
stays empty

you’re as fragile as the answers
found in philosophy classes
or the bottom of wine glasses
why don’t you drink from a cask of arse
you farcical bastard!

the species endangered only by itself
a Panda bear
picking extinction from the wine list
sitting at an altitude where bamboo
is the only thing that grows
and it’s about as nourishing
as cardboard

so you’re not going anywhere
when if you could just
keep your hands to yourself
for five seconds
you could roll down hill
…and eat cake

you’re a Butterfly
caught in the chaos
of your own storms

but for all that –
and perhaps more
you can paint with words
what no canvas can hold
and you alone
can photograph
what a heart-in-motion looks like
and you alone can see
majestic ranges
in our mole hills
and you alone
can conquer the whole world
cloud-watching

so drink deeply from that split milk
twist your knickers into a fantastical tale
and terror and romance and more
no further afield than your kitchen draw

hollow yourself out
and take us all on this journey
hey –
we’ll even carry the baggage for you!

you
poor
poor
soul

you ...fucking ...poet.

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from Product, released September 1, 2013
Poem co-written with Alex Scott. Music by Andrew Hone. Introduction taken from 'Death to Poets', Henry Rollins' "A Rollins in the Rye".

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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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