Wednesday, November 4, 2020

new from above/ground press: BLUE, by Nathanael O’Reilly

Nathanael O’Reilly

Pure Adrenalin Sound

The raw sound of rock & roll,
the crack, rattle and roll of snares,
the wail, roar and moan of singers,
the simulated orgasm of guitar solos,
the hypnotic pulse of bass,
the rhythms of hi-hats and riffs,
foot-stompin,’ blood-pumpin,’
pure adrenalin sound
makes me want to speed down
desert highways with one arm
hangin’ out the window,
one hand beatin’ on the wheel,
the wind tearin’ through my hair,
expressing the inexpressible.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
November 2020
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Nathanael O’Reilly
is an Irish-Australian residing in Texas. His books include (Un)belonging (Recent Work Press, 2020); Preparations for Departure (UWAP, 2017), named one of the Books of the Year in Australian Book Review; Cult (Ginninderra Press, 2016); Distance (Ginninderra Press, 2015); Suburban Exile (Picaro Press, 2011); and Symptoms of Homesickness (Picaro Press, 2010). More than 200 of his poems have appeared in journals and anthologies published in twelve countries, including Antipodes, Anthropocene, Australian Love Poems, Cordite, fourW, FourXFour, Headstuff, Marathon, Mascara, Postcolonial Text, Skylight 47, Snorkel, Transnational Literature and The Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2017.

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