POETS' CORNER

With Marmaduke Fortescue

IN THIS ISSUE MARMADUKE FORTESCUE REVIEWS "TO TINA, ON THE OCCASION OF HER NEW BREASTS" BY THE EXCITING NEW AUSTRALIAN POET, RUPERT HOGWALLOPER

A first reading of "To Tina, on the Occasion of Her New Breasts" leaves one in no doubt that one is in the presence of a truly extraordinary work. Of course, on one level, there is an undeniably earthy, even pithy quality to the poem. One is immediately put in mind of the ubiquitous Young Lady of Buckingham, whose colorful exploits have inspired so many poets through the ages. And yet surely there is more, much more, to this work.
Of course, Queensland's vibrant poetry scene is justly famous for its earthy qualities. No one who has read "Will You Look at the Arse on that Sheilah?" by Bruce Figgins or "My Enormous Trouser Snake" by Richard Head can be in any doubt of the significant stirrings that are taking place Down Under.
What imparts to this poem its peculiar power? Surely it is the sheer honest and uninhibited joy with which Hogwalloper  approaches his theme. This is a celebration of the breast, a hymn to the mammary. One imagines the

To Tina, On the Occasion of Her New Breasts
By Rupert Hogwalloper

Tina, Tina
I've never seen a
Pair of paps like those.
Two proud titties
Sitting pretty
And pouting through your clothes.
Grown from Nature's small creations,
Thanks to Mankind's skill and patience.
See the ripened fruit that burgeons
And thank the Lord who gave us surgeons.

poet leering at the eponymous objects over a half-empty pint of Fosters in a sleazy Brisbane bar, and what could be more, totally, vibrantly, rapturously alive than that?

MARMADUKE'S SHORTS

Marmaduke Fortescue selects some of his favorite short works.  This issue's gem is from Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

"Swans sing before they die - t'were no bad thing
Should certain persons die before they sing"

FOOLS' PARADISE

HOME | THE NEWS THAT'S NOT | MORE NEWS THAT NOT | BUSINESS NEWS | POETS' CORNER | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | STORY TIME | BOOKSHELF | CONTACT US
(Please!)

Links