“The Cornstalk” I Sydney Poet David Landgrebe

01 Sep

I have just rifled through carpenter’s pencils, screws
And surplus washers, for enough shrapnel
To rent three meters or so of Glebe point road
A stone throw from the bread barn
Their coffee dazzles my clay tongue.
Large metal birds turn up their noses above me
Their wings cast shadows like clouds
Over a sequence of diminishing terraced roofs
And soaking in the arrogance of an unsweetened frontage
With just one small faded sign “The cornstalk.”
Drugged by a nostalgic smell of straw
Expounding from pre satellite leather-bound paper
A bookstore with its own microclimate
Of sun and shade wood and plaster
Every flat surface except an over sized goat track
Was pressed pin drop silent against books and boxes
Leading up the back to the blue room where all you can hear
Is the sound of a dog barking softly through a tin can.
I raise my ears into the anonymity of a brown woolen beanie
And perch my steel caps on the run of a small wooden ladder
To get a crow’s nest view of all the poetry.


Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Poetry


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7 responses to ““The Cornstalk” I Sydney Poet David Landgrebe

  1. bardessdmdenton

    September 8, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Very detailed and engaging, David, pulls one back for more than one read over.

    • davidlandgrebe

      September 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment, you are too kind.
      David. L

  2. jademovies

    October 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Script Market.

  3. e

    December 9, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Fabulous, I am loving your voice!


    • davidlandgrebe

      December 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Cheers, glad to hear you do.
      Thank you
      David L

  4. J.H. White

    February 12, 2013 at 8:02 am

    …like the beginning of a movie where I just want the feeling of it to wash over me

    • davidlandgrebe

      February 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks Jana, Its nice to hear, it was a great bookstore unfortunately the owner is selling up.
      I find its harder to find a bookstore these days that has so much charm!
      David. L


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