Machinery of Summer

Corellas in the pink

of evening
like a broken carousel.

Over the playing fields
sprinklers

cross swords.
Stones long for

riverbeds.
All night, the big engines

of the house, turning
as in flight.

 


Aidan Coleman has published two collections of poetry and his work has appeared in Best Australian Poems, The Australian, Australian Book Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Glasgow Review of Books, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He is currently writing a biography of the poet John Forbes.