‘The Mixtape’, by Stuart Barnes


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First, only. TDK, D90.
I Feel LiKe A DicK ! Label golden
brown as heroin/es. Twenty years on
I taste Tank Girl and Jaffas, sticky
fingers purling mine, walking knitted,
dry-mouthed to that South Hobart flat, three
favourite songs (‘Disco 2000’,
'Roads’, 'The 2 of Us’), score the clever
and the lonely double entendre.

This poem appears in The Lifted Brow #29. Get your copy here, or read the the digital edition here.

Stuart Barnes was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and educated at Monash University. Since 2013 he has lived in Central Queensland and been poetry editor for Tincture Journal. His debut collection Glasshouses (UQP) won the 2015 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize.