August 2009

Rob Walker


Julia Alter
Kurt Brown
Alex Dimitrov This marks an author's first online publication
Gregory Lawless
Austin MacRae
Kirby Olson
Simon Perchik
Marvyn Petrucci
Dan Veach This marks an author's first online publication
Ryan Vine
Rob Walker
Hilde Weisert
Marjory Wentworth
Ross White
Michael Wynn

Haley Carrollhach This marks an author's first online publication
Mariko Nagai

David M. Katz
interviews Daniel Brown

David Rigsbee
reviews Divine Comedy: Journeys through a
Regional Geography

three new works by
John Kinsella


Rob Walker, after a year in Japan, teaches and writes near Adelaide, South Australia. His work appears in a number of web- and print-based journals, his own poetry website, a full collection micromacro (Seaview Press, 2006), New Poets Ten (Friendly Street, 2005) and a chapbook, phobiaphobia (Picaro Press, 2007).

The Darkening Eucalyptic    

(a post-mortem)

the truckdriver from coopers knocked off the limb over the
driveway so I had to get the chainsaw out anyway it was
frighteningly easy after sectioning the amputated limb I
really got into it the husqvarna went through it like butter I
cut the V & everything & the whole tree fell across the
driveway exactly where I wanted it to go waving the screaming
machine like a lightsabre I cleaned up all the small branches
twigs & leaves then I sliced up the trunk like a salami no
more like a backbone each vertebra separated at the disc where
it had fallen like some giant completed 3D jigsaw puzzle lying
there like a snake chopped up with the spade when I cut the
stump red kino flowed freely as a jugular & I had the
irrational thought that I was murdering some ancient animal
then ben took those vertebrae downhill one at a time and now
they're neatly stacked up along the post-and-rail fence growing
redder daily accusing me every time I go down to the shed



Rob Walker: Poetry
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