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Melville Poetry Festival

Adriaan Coetzee - 2011-10-20

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Melville Poetry Festival

Note the plastic chairs
in neat rows
for a poetry reading

Deduce from their dirty laps
something beyond the fact
that minutes ago
they were still stacked

The dirt is a metaphor
The sponsor’s logo perhaps
The sandy scalps of Wopko Jensma
Dry pans with bullfrogs beneath the crust
awaiting a shower

Consider the gallery’s word art
lost on the walls and our eternal
audience yet again, smudged within
the greater frame, recall
the critique earlier and aged beauty
of a book dealer

Follow the photocopied programme
to the letter and arrive on time
at vacant venues,

a festival between the lines