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Smoke Encrypted Whispers - Samuel Wagan Watson

Smoke Encrypted Whispers

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Exhilarating road poems, urban songlines and ancestral ties are the hallmarks of this popular young poet. Smoke Encrypted Whispers contains poems from all of Samuel Wagan Watson's publications, as well as his unpublished new work. This generous collection opens with his 1999 Unaipon-winning volume Of Muse, Meandering and Midnight and concludes with his latest poetry. Inspired by his recent writing workshops and readings in Berlin and New Zealand, the new poems comprise a quarter of the collection. In the distilled haibun form, Watson's narrative gift hones indelible images.

A preludep. 3
Magnesium girlp. 4
After 2 a.mp. 6
Back seat driverp. 7
On the riverp. 8
Waiting for the good manp. 9
Raindrops fall in vainp. 10
Chloe in the window boxp. 11
The postman's privilegep. 12
Musing : the graveyard shiftp. 13
New farm is closedp. 15
White stucco dreamingp. 17
The crooked menp. 19
Brown water lootingp. 21
Jetty nightsp. 22
Carefreep. 24
Deadman's mouth harpp. 26
A verse for the cheatedp. 27
The fatal gardenp. 29
Radio thick bloodp. 31
Midnight's boxerp. 33
Surgery musicp. 35
A bent neck black and flustered feather malleep. 36
The gloom swansp. 37
A black bird of my mindp. 38
Fly-fishing in woolloongabbap. 39
Shout-me-a-wine requiemp. 41
Crustp. 43
The writer's suitcasep. 44
Midnight's plaguep. 46
Labelledp. 48
For the wake and skeleton dancep. 50
The dingo loungep. 52
Valley manp. 54
Cheap white-goods at the dreamtime salep. 56
The mosquito roomp. 58
Mudflatp. 59
It startsp. 60
1986p. 62
Poem 9p. 67
Once was a rifle rangep. 69
The Kabul manifestp. 71
The jobp. 75
Hotel bonep. 77
When dogs gamblep. 79
The late shift eruptsp. 80
Bone yard, South Brisbanep. 81
Cold storagep. 85
The dusk sessionsp. 87
Kangaroo crossingp. 88
What morep. 89
Were not truckin' aroundp. 90
Nil by mouthp. 92
The golden skin of cowgirlsp. 93
Floodlight sonatasp. 95
Abandoned factoriesp. 96
Scenes from a getaway carp. 97
Night racingp. 99
3 a.m. escapep. 101
Pre-flightp. 102
95 cents a litrep. 103
Deo optimo maximop. 104
Gasolinep. 106
Literary festival bump-outp. 107
Itinerant bluep. 108
Products of Mexicop. 109
Gas tank sonnetsp. 111
Sundayp. 113
The last bullfighterp. 115
Back roadp. 117
Sultry gridlock musingsp. 118
Brunswick St. Bluesp. 119
Ambulance chaserp. 120
Talking to the airplanesp. 121
Three-legged dogsp. 122
Firep. 123
The night housep. 124
Jaded Olympic momentsp. 126
Without regretp. 128
Future primitivep. 129
The night train from Newcastlep. 131
Sortiep. 133
The finder's feep. 134
Skeletons in the trunkp. 136
The thousand-yard starep. 137
Kingp. 139
Last exit to Brisbanep. 141
Hollow squallp. 143
Smoke signalsp. 147
Tigerlandp. 148
Scared of the darkp. 149
Wecker roadp. 150
Cribb islandp. 151
Capalabap. 152
Ripp. 153
Smoke waterp. 154
Author's notes #1p. 155
Darkroomp. 156
Fisherman islandsp. 157
Paper trails to midnightp. 158
Author's notes #2p. 159
Ghosts of boundary streetp. 160
Dog tired tunep. 162
When I crossed the ditchp. 163
Author's notes #3p. 164
The dust companyp. 165
From boundary street, west end...p. 166
Snapshotsp. 168
Aunty grey smokep. 169
Author's notes - conclusionp. 170
Revolverp. 171
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ISBN: 9780702234712
ISBN-10: 0702234710
Series: UQP Black Australian Writers Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 7th May 2004
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.1  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 19.9