Book launch, Fermenting

Launch of my tenth poetry book Fermenting
by singer/songwriter John Dengate,
2pm, Newtown Library, 8-10 Brown St., Newtown 2042, Saturday 10th November, '07

Newtown Festival, poetry reading

1:08pm Fri. November 9th

I'm doing a poetry reading in the Writers' Tent, run by Better Read than Dead, at Newtown Festival, Sunday 11th November, '07

After Valentine's day

I went into a Newtown
newsagency to buy
Monday’s paper
mainly for the TV guide.
Along with my change
the sales person, a woman,
gave me a single dead
red rose
wrapped in clear cellophane -
“A present”, she said, smiling.
Hoping to revive the rose
I put it in a glass of water.
When she came home from work
my daughter was curious
mildly jealous –
the only valentine between us
a wilting red rose
way      way       beyond

Photo by Russ Hermann

About Colleen

Colleen Z  Burke, award winning poet and author, has had numerous books published including ten poetry books.  She has also published a biography of Australian poet Marie E.J. Pitt, Doherty's Corner and is co-editor of The Turning Wave - Poems and Songs of Irish Australia.   More