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Poem: Festering

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In this week’s Poet’s Corner, Stephen House completes a series of three contributions.

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I have often wondered
why we won’t return to those years
through a conversation
and put it to rest for good

but we don’t bring it up

and so
it continues to sit


like an unopened box of distress
lurking by us

each time
we are together

and it probably always will
unless something changes

between us


Stephen House lives in Adelaide. The recipient of awards and nominations as a poet, playwright and actor, he has had 20 plays produced, with the majority commissioned and published by Australian Plays Transform. He has also been the recipient of international literature residencies from the Australia Council for the Arts and Asialink India. Two monologue chapbooks, ‘The Ajoona Guest House’, written on his Asialink India residency, and ‘Real and Unreal’, have been published by ICOE Press Australia, and a third chapbook is forthcoming. His poetry has been variously published, including today’s poem, which featured on the UK website Poetry Life and Times – Poetry from the world. He performs his monologues widely, and his play titled Johnny Chico, ran for four years in Spain. More about Stephen can be found here.

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