17 Melbourne Road
‘A room at the top of the street / preserving his life in sunlight’
6 March 1989
‘Damn, brother. You saw what they did to my face? / Poked out my eyes. Knocked teeth out of place’.
A Cloudless Sky
‘A cloudless sky and I’m back / an ice-cold sky-blue rag / for my eyes’
A Description of the Architectural Impact of My Home, Age 7
‘my apartment is neither over / nor under the sidewalk, / but both at once’
A Meeting of Minds with Henry David Thoreau
‘What am I doing here more than looking – / which I would stop / only to help things through their vanishing’
A Memory Palace for Brothers Who Flew Just Close Enough to the Sun & Created the Storm
Ellah Wakatama Allfrey remembers Binyavanga Wainaina.
A Numbered Graph That Shows How Each Part of the Body Would Fit Into A Chair
‘It’s a simple truth that one can occupy two / places at one time while sitting in a chair—the same way a / poseable doll can be divided from her dress.’
A Pinch of Salt
‘When we’re close to weaning / ourselves history gives us its reasons / to return’
A Sharing Economy
‘The Paying Guest rises in the middle of the night / to turn off the radio where no radio exists’
A Spell For Going Safely Forth By Day
‘The hunter pushes a bullet beneath his tongue to fix his aim, / or is it to stave off his thirst?
Abingdon Square Park
‘I once had had a thought / About a thought I once had had.’