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Herrera | Liam Ferney | ISSUE 1

after Mick Malthouse

We unpick the world’s catenacio,

a Pirlo in an actual traffic jam.

Peak hour breakdown headlights

strung along the Riverside Expressway

all the way back to Toowong.

It is something to believe in

while my delayed Virgin cuts the city’s fringe:

suburban arterials, shopping centres

& their car parks, footy pitches

floodlit for Church League.

“He went into the game with an

injured hand & perhaps

that played on his mind.”

& does anything actually prove our bona fides,

even in streets we have walked forever?

Economy’s fresh towers

climb out of unglimpsed potential.

The pass weighted like a gull

rising on a sea breeze

liberates us or bars us

from the skin of our soundtrack.

This is the threat of our days

in the middle of the beginning of the end.

He refuses fate;

our trucks make the night’s last delivery

in the deserted streets

of the industrial estate.

Liam Ferney's most recent collection, Content, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. His previous collections include Boom (Grande Parade Poets), Career (Vagabond Press) and Popular Mechanics (Interactive Press). He is a media manager, holder of the all-time games record for the New Farm Traktor Collective and convener of the Saturdays readings in Brisbane.

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