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"... 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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Wear & Tear

What fun, that ebullience you presume.
As for your sorry state, I'd love to scale it.
Perfidy is nice if you don't look twice.
I'll never tell if you tell me

which of our fathers wound you up? What
fun, that hop & skip that you perform
for that man in your life, his perfect shape
(so adorable) on closer scrutiny nothing more

than a sack of mush. So I suggest
that if you just sit tight you'll be given
what you already know. What a gift! If

I were you I'd take it & leave. Your air
of the Queen Mother will see you through.
After your dead I'll wear your clothes.