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Avenues & Runways by Aidan Coleman
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bookshelves: 2011, poetry, people-i-know
Read in September, 2011

A collection of short, quiet, spare, and precise poems about the beauty of suburbia and the life of a young uni student. The book is the perfect length for a poetry manuscript. Enjoyed these, and am looking forward to reading Aidan's next collection, based on his experiences recovering from a stroke.

ALLNIGHTER

Stepping out at three, for something
with more bite than coffee,
the uni hums like a program
left running: a mind turning over in sleep.

A sprinkler is chopping the night
into cool slices and, through trees,
are the red gels and molten blues of the city,
where perhaps no one's awake;

paths and roads chilled in a soft-drink glow,
the river stilled to a lake.

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BLUE-TONGUE

Fat like a full tube
of toothpaste

it freestyles past
the boulders dropped
by our lemon tree

sets fire
to dead leaves
and imitates a rock
abysmally
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