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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
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My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
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Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
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Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
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Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
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A robo-poem

A robo-poem

Can a robot write
My poetry
With plugged in words
Lacking vocabulary?

Or attempts at rhyme
That fail
Like Napoleon in winter
In the hinterland of meaning?

I do not doubt it
I know
Meaning is your meaning
Not mine

And words spew like pages
Too few written
In the calm within the rages
Or the rage within the quiet

But crumpled folios?
Rewritten tomes?
The search for truth
In publishing homes?

There is more to writing than vomit
More to words, like shit
And love, life, lust and loss
Who gives a toss?

A robot reasons
A program decants
We are the voice of unreason
In the land of your chants

So gather your paper
And the pen and ink
Or the scream of the computer
That lets you think

And read your tomorrows
Into the past of today
While the yesteryear
Breeds its sorrows in play

I know your machine
Cool, sleek, even green
It is my friend
My enemy too

It turns out smiths
Shakespeare at best
And other poets
Even less

Writers drink poverty
Boss machines set us free
Under the prison guards
Of singled society

John Passant 23 January 2017

You can buy a signed copy of my first book of poetry, Songs for the Band Unformed (Ginninderra Press September 2016) via the online shop at Independent Australia here.

Songs For The Band Unformed (signed copy) – a book of poetry by John Passant