The Works of Brenton Booth

Brenton Booth is a writer from Sydney, Australia. His poetry and fiction have appeared in 3:AM Magazine, Chiron Review, Van Gogh's Ear, Poetic Pinup Revue, Tree Killer Ink, etc.


All Poems © Brenton Booth

Questions

I lay in bed at 2pm
on a Thursday
afternoon
hungry and tired
wondering when
the tin can will
jump the bridge
when the cockroach
will remember the
forgotten monologue
when the tiger will
finally fall in the
bottom drawer
the composers gone
and writers silent
everybody burning
but nobody seeing
the flames
nobody seeing a thing
only the remains of
tomorrows meal
and the pleasure it
should bring
the ice cream man
doesn’t know
and neither does the
pelican
or half-empty deodorant
can
it’s the same as always
this Thursday afternoon
looking for answers
that just aren’t here.



The Art


the new page is where the crocodiles toe dance
                                          the toothpicks write sonnets
                                          the carpet burns like ghosts


the new page is where the portable fan sings castrato
                                          the easter island statue smiles in the corner
                                          the shoes walk 1000 miles


the new page is where the narcissist see’s their ugly reflection
                                          the paper bills are folded into planes
                                          the rolling pin smooth’s out all the aches


the new page is where the great ones laugh
                                          the abstract expressionists create better worlds
                                          the political leaders are silent;

monday,
tuesday,
wednesday,
thursday,
friday,
saturday,
sunday;
morning,
evening,
afternoon—
anytime
that
things
stop
for
a
moment
& something better
comes along:
guiding, teaching
taking the average away—
allowing you to breathe again.