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· Dream-Dust Parasites

· The Angel of Luxury and Sadness, Volume One

· Facing The Demon of noontide


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· The Orpheus Plague

· The Phantom Library

· Theresa Jones - by Ian Irvine (hobson)

· The Doubtful Muse - by Ian Irvine (Hobson)

· Samuel Elmsmore Dreams of Harry The Crab

· Five Boxes and a Knife

· Trevor Franklin Refuses to Allow me to Impress my Teacher


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· Sara Douglass, Speculative Fiction & Medieval History

· Transmedia Story-Telling (in a Holographic Multiverse)

· Zoetics: New Perspectives on Fundamental Creativity

· Muse of the Long-Haul: Thirty-One Isles of the Creative Imagination

· Trickster Gods and the Quantum Muse: Creativity and the Multiverse

· Hermesian Epidemics: Depression, Anxiety, Derealisation, Narcissism ,

· Hermes Negatively Polarised - Pt 5 Alchemy and the Imagination

· The Angel of Luxury and Sadness

· Notes on Creativity Revolutions: Modernism - A Literature of the Void?


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· Hypatia and the Ruined Serapeum

· Awake in the Chamber of Darkness (The Egyptian Sequence)

· Innana in the Goldmine

· Hermapolis: Thoth and Ma'at Assist the Time Travellers

· Hiroshima Dance

· Three Poems in Platform 15

· Any Available Exit

· Spirits in Triples

· Tending the Grove - from the Taliesin-Ceridwen Sequence

· The Chase Across time (part 2)

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· Hermes, Thoth and Seshat: (Un)Heralded Gods of the Postmodern Transition

· Aradale Creativity Weekend

· The Gods Abandon Olympus (for Hollywood) - Public Talk

· Sara Douglass Worlds - Revived

· Bendigo Writers Festival 2014

· An Accidental Soldier (based on Silent Parts by John Charalambous)

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  Women Who Smell of Dead Flowers
by Ian Irvine (Hobson)
Sunday, August 29, 2010
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The military hero is always an ambivalent figure - forced to kill members of his (occasionally 'her') own species to defend kith and kin he is often loathed and demonised by those he wars against and, in times of peace, viewed as uncanny and untrustworthy by those he ostensibly defends - who, after all, would make a career out of preparing to kill others?


The Giant II: Women who Smell of Dead Flowers


The war is over - for now
the medals all are handed out
and shine with an evil gleam -
the device of all killing is this strange respect
                   for ceremony.
And what pacts, what nations, what causes
have meaning to the heroes now?

He kneels before the chestnut tree
comic, too loud, his chest puffed out
and the giant will not answer
there is only the biting wind
and the soldier's mirrored solitude.
There are only memories and
                     flat futures ...
futures in the arms of women
who smell of dead flowers.

 

* This poem first published by Ozlit (Australia, 1998) as well as Acme Poetry and Plumbing Supplies (US, 1999). The poem also appeared in Facing the Demon of Noontide, a collection of poems by Ian Irvine, 2000. Copyright, Ian Irvine, 1998 all rights reserved.




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