A Million Bright Things – feat. Adam Phillips

The launch of QLD Poetry Festival’s new CD – A Million Bright Things – at Riverbend Books next Tuesday, June 22 is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the 2010 poetry calendar. After having the pleasure of working on the CD over the past month, I am buzzing to get it out into the world. So to celebrate, I have asked a handful of the 16 poets featured on the CD if they would be happy for me to feature their poem on the blog. They all agreed, so over the next few days there will be a new poem up here to give you all a taste of what’s to come.

First poet up is Brisbane boy Adam Phillips.

Adam performed at the Queensland Poetry Festival in 2009. He has also performed at numerous functions around Brisbane and recited his poems on radio. With an eye to the natural world, Adam’s poetry calls upon his love of classic Australian bush verse to tell the stories of our time.

His poem featured on A Million Bright Things is Gem Cutter.

 

GEM CUTTER
 

Eureka blue was coming through to hover over land
A digger bends and life upends a fragment in his hand
Solid gold with worth untold once he cashed the cheques
But such a sight brought sweet delight against the sand and specks
So he bent once more to earthen floor, no fortune or no fame
This omen stays for better days just the way it came
 
And the gem cutter wouldn’t take a chip off you
He’d see your cheeks with wholesome hue
He’d see your smile that lights the day
And send you on your destined way
 
Desert red was overhead, filmy heartland daze
Lasseter went completely spent into the open maze
In his thoughts were ill reports that stifled all belief
But still he goes by track and toes towards a golden reef
A good man fell but time will tell of hopes that still remain
Beneath the ground a reef is found just the way it came
 
And the gem cutter wouldn’t take a chip off you
He’d see your mind and heart are true
He’d see your smile that lights the day
And send you on your destined way
 
Forest green has gone and been but still I can recall
The wall of trees, the island breeze that riots over all
The wattle spines and river lines that run to sea and stars
The mountain rock that holds in stock the crimson waratahs
And while you stare I’m not aware of the scientific name
I’m going and you’re glowing just the way you came
 
And the gem cutter wouldn’t take a chip off you
And I just want to hold the hip of you
See your smile that lights the day
And join you on your destined way

 

Adam Phillips will feature at the launch of A Million Bright Things at Riverbend Books on Tuesday June 22. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Tickets are $10 and include a glass of wine and sushi nibbles. To book tickets call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at www.riverbendbooks.com.au

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3 responses to “A Million Bright Things – feat. Adam Phillips

  1. Great poem Adam, can’t wait to hear it.

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