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The biggest cliché in most rooms

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The two poems featured this week come from InDaily wine scribe Philip White, who has been writing verse almost since he first learned to put pencil to paper.

The biggest cliché in most rooms

The biggest cliché in most rooms
is the jerk who first mentions
the elephant in the corner
while all the guests stare lovingly
at the empty corner
imagining a jumbo they could pat
the cliché steals the silver and scats.

My no good kids

My brain has been embarrassed by my spirit.
They are at war.
I sit back and watch,
and try to pay the bills.
It is like raising children.

Philip White has been writing poetry since he was five. Later in life, having freaked when he read in Like this for years by Michael Dransfield, the Jim Morrison of Australian poetry, that “to be a poet in Australia is the ultimate commitment”, he strayed from that one true path to commit writing of other sorts. Wine comes in handy.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems up to 30 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to A poetry book will be awarded to each contributor.





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