shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Philip Hammial has had 30 poetry collections published. His poems have appeared in 31 poetry anthologies (in seven countries) & in 120 journals in fifteen countries. He has represented Australia at fourteen international poetry festivals, most recently at Poetry Africa 2016 in Durban, SA. In 2009/10 he was the Australian writer-in-residence for six months at the Cité International des Arts in Paris.

Philip Hammial

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Be bedizened if you may, if that a fate
you unbidden to
choose. As for me,
I'd like to bray & sooth

some say & bowdlerize some harvest
I could not otherwise script
or own up to, some lucky lamentation
that might so unterre me that from

some quantum of aloof labour
I could expect a satisfying scratch not
previously announced, a lifting
lilting touch upon my speech-
profaning self (humble now)
who only yesterday would feign
a mere taste lapse to explain my lack
of bedazzlement in verse.