The Poetry of Dennis Haskell

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These three poems vary in setting and partly arise from cross-cultural contact,
but their main themes are universal. The Chiyang Coffee Café is a real café
located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I don't speak Mandarin or Taiwanese so I used to
go there to drink coffee, read without interruption, and watch the frantic traffic
zoom near-by. The poem “Waiting” was written when I was waiting in the airport
to leave Hong Kong, which I used to visit fairly often; I felt an affection for the
place and could imagine its daily activities while I was waiting to leave it. Such
activities seem ordinary to those involved but for that very reason I think them
worth celebrating. These two poems are both meditations on places and the
movement of mind they prompt. The third poem is an ekphrastic one drawn
from an art installation at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. It presents
details from the installation and its theme is obvious.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-142
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


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