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3 poems by Kathryn Hummel | Poetry | #thesideshow

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Poetry by Kathryn Hummel




Performance Poet
























This salt lamp
will switch      off/on
several times tonight

signifying violence
done to sleep.

A body never tires
of its poisons
or of its
reasonless everyday furbelows:

I can jump puddles!
I can write words
O, Mary Lazarus! 
on paper.

Here is a crane I constructed earlier.
Here is a foot in my mouth,
a repeating refrain;
a tattoo of a feather.

I/you/he/she/we/they will go
like the blossoms
anointing a city street

pink pink! 

like bird call
on tar-black
they will fall.




(Sister) your fella treats you mean



When you start seeing through people
Look Back—
you’ll find all history’s made
of cellophane.

About the Author:

Kathryn Hummel is the author of ‘Poems from Here’, ‘The Bangalore Set’, ‘The Body That Holds’ and ‘splashback’ (forthcoming). Her digital media/poetry, non-fiction, fiction, photography and scholarly research has been published and presented worldwide (Meanjin, Cordite, Rabbit, The Letters Page, Prelude, PopMatters, Gulf Times, Himal Southasian), and recognised with a Pushcart Prize nomination and the Dorothy Porter Prize at the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards. Kathryn holds a PhD for studies in narrative ethnography, lives intermittently in South Asia and edits ‘Travel. Write. Translation’ for Australian journal Verity La. Her activities can be tracked @