written by Philip Hammial


— Philip Hammial

Wobbles in
on stiletto heels. Rings in
with an ox for the soup. Is in
the captain's closet & won't come out
to lift its leg. Is
a domicile privy
to grunts. Adorns its chest
with ca-ca. All speed
to its advocates who roll
in fat. Must spank
father first, who
knew best. Mother
can wait. Accepts milk
from a surrogate only. Knows nothing
of beads but their telling. Its ball
at odds with cheering. Its catch
too close for comfort. Its plug
at the mercy of aviation. Is fraternal
to the core. Is greased
for a pole that scrawls
a nom de guerre. Its tongue
by more than half is never
exceeded. Notice how exquisite
they are, its manners while it eats
its words.

About the poet

Philip Hammial

Philip Roby Hammial (born 1937) is an Australian poet, publisher, editor, artist and art curator. He has a long list of achievements in writing, publishing and sculpting. His achievements include twenty-four collections of poetry, thirty solo sculpture exhibitions and, acting as the director/curator of The Australian Collection of Outsider Art, twenty-six exhibitions of Australian Outsider Art in five countries. Hammial's significance to Australian poetry has been recognised by the Australia Council, which awarded him a Senior Writer’s Fellowship in 1996, an Established Writer’s Fellowship in 2004 and the Nancy Keesing Studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2009. Life Hammial (born 1937) grew up in and around Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1954. After three years...

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