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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer’s Mars Glow
Buying coffee
              thirtieth birthday
                        running late
newspaper reads
   Jennifer Aniston is
    reportedly spending $20,000
    a month on beauty
    treatments, including $400
    for neck cream, which is
    apparently made from
    crystals from Mars.
Next, the Herald covers
her age
her profession
and her interests
    chemical peels and
    laser treatments.
This is the end
of the news article.
The girl in front of me
cradles her latte as she nudges and tugs
a carbon-fibre-framed stroller and purrs
with concern
for Jennifer.
— Alice Allan

life in the petrie dish
golden staph — along with every living
thing on the planet (religious zealots
aside) wants to keep living
it’s why we originally farmed blue
mould — to protect the species
we haughtily believe most important.

these microscopic resistance fighters
attack catheters & operation wounds
infest intravenous lines — fly through sterile
air — fan-forced by supersonic sneezes
& are particularly fond of the most
intimate act of humanity — contact.
can you blame nature for kicking back — beefing
up her e. coli stocks — new t.b. strains hitting
the gym — ebola 2.0 no doubt already beta testing
now the bugs are becoming stronger than
our last-line drugs — heated debates over carbon
& climate change may soon be redundant
— Gareth Roi Jones

Dare we mention
the dark and dreadful
sordid   trite
Dare we explore
where life-wrack
danger    detritus
a sunny-seeming view
is courage

         Dare we explore

— Lerys Byrnes

Alice Allan

Alice Allan is a Melbourne writer and editor whose work has been published in journals such as Rabbit, Going Down Swinging and Offset.





Gareth Roi Jones

Gareth Roi Jones is a member of the dandylion collective, a pixel-connected writing group based in Adelaide.





Lerys Byrnes

Lerys Byrnes is a Melbourne based poet who has wide experience in Adult Education as teacher and learner.



Topic tags: New Australian poems, Alice Allan, Gareth Roi Jones, Lerys Byrnes, Jennifer Aniston



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Ha! Brilliant poem about a girl given the name of "Fair One".

Pam | 22 September 2014  

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