All copyright © 2003 remains with the authors.
All copyright © 2004 remains with the authors.

David Howard

The canal swallows the viewer's horror
and offers it back to the next
generation: 'Here is your inheritance.

Clean the sludge off with your gossip
about the Hebrew teacher, the party's edicts -
every empty warehouse condemns

the flag your father raised, the market you
descend to. Wear your trinkets
when you visit: I'll reflect them
faithfully, the way a believer should.'

David Howard, Max Gate, Purakanui


CARNIVAL Strutting past the vendors of lottery tickets

'the boys' can only guess at what is kept,

at what is lost


mothers with crumbled stucco faces.

If a door is left carelessly

ajar, they are

anonymous when they enter.

When they check out

they check out the beach: that gap between

the legs of the red bikini

resembling a hypen -

it connects yet separates

say, the words 'hermit ' and 'crab' ;

'shell ' still presents this difficulty,

it does not encompass the world.

David Howard Carols, 2003, Melbourne


Poetryetc is a listserv relating to poetry and poetics which provides a forum for poets to debate their critical and creative work. The list has over the years run a number of projects for its members, of which Snapshots has been the most enduring.

Every Wednesday, Poetryetc members were invited to post short poems on any subject or in any form they chose. The idea was to make a poetic collage of instamatic “snaps” of that day that reflected the international membership of the list. The project has generated an astounding number of poems.

The first two runs, of six weeks each, and the first ten weeks of the third run, are archived at Wild Honey Press under Poetryetc Project. The rest - amounting in all to a run of a year - are archived here.

Poetryetc, like its affiliate Salt Publishing (, was founded by Australian poet John Kinsella. Salt is managed by Christopher Hamilton-Emery (, while Poetryetc is owned by Alison Croggon ( Poetryetc is now archived at and anyone interested can join from that url.

To contact the listowner: Alison Croggon

These pages are designed, maintained, and hosted by Rebecca Seiferle, the Editor of The Drunken Boat. To email.