Thursday, December 10, 2015

Stefanie Bennett- A Poem

Stefanie Bennett’s poems appear in Dead Snakes, Haggard & Halloo, Agent Orange ‘poems
to empower all Agent Orange victims’, Communion, Snorkel, The Fib Review & others. Of
mixed ancestry [Irish/Italian/Paugussett-Shawnee] she was born in Qld., Australia in 1945.
Stefanie’s latest poetry title ‘The Vanishing’ [2015] is published by Walleah Press & available
from Walleah Press, Amazon & Fishpond Books.
Via the vending maelstrom
I get a blighted
Portfolio poultice –,
An art-deco
Electric toothbrush –,
Three cut-out
Square meals –,
A jump-to-it
Of confidence’
Where nothing
Is as it
           Seems –, and
The usual
Acidic glare
My bed-sit
Night nurse
Who has
Madam Blavatsky’s
... Eyes.
[First published in Boston
Poetry Magazine]


  1. I love the odd and experimental syntax. The rough structure imposes a sense of confusion, possibly agitation. The invented idioms are unique. I love it when poets invent new sayings and put them in the poem as if the reader is set to understanding their meaning, as if they were a cliche we haven't heard yet. 'confederacy of confidence'...The title makes the poem appear to be political in some simplifies the distinction of the personal and the political, and makes such a distinction obvious. "domestic economy". Overall, it reflects an unstable life where one is helpless and alone in the scheme of things. The structure also seems to impose a sense of panic on the reader.

  2. this is excellent. its jagged and harsh and hints at suburban unease and political strife. great stuff.