Jennifer Allen is a Melbourne based poet, whose first collection of poems The Cut Worm was published in 2006. Jennifer’s recent poems express a satirical interest in the inequities of pervasive surveillance technologies and the digital economy; mirrored on a personal level by the socials controls imposed within families.
I missed it, the entire history of our blue world.
How many heads rolled? Did they go defiantly?
I will sacrifice myself by becoming an automaton.
It is all too much! The past and future have coalesced into a spherical twister of succulents, stardust, money boxes and chatbots. You keep it together with outstretched arms, a child of this earth wielding a hurricane. All that is you whirling about in the mix: erotic books and bull ants, blackbirds and stoic philosophers. The whole world caught in a balancing act of blue whales and human brains, super computers and microplastics. As a matter of survival, you start bringing it together, moulding it firmly into the density of a dark star. A volatile idea pushed heavily inward, until it takes shape in your clamped hands. When you take a look, there is an ancient fruit – an apricot, with a modest blush. It is exquisite! But if you plant it, what will grow? If you eat it, what will you become?
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