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DS Maolalai

DS Maolalai has been nominated seven times for Best of the Net and three times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016) and "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019).


what a mistake!

this thing – keeping arts

out of politics. as if they weren't both ways

to make shapes of the world

and ideas we find


ideas in everything –

in trite lines

about flowers.

ideas in everything –

in policy

and tort.


and out here

everything is beautiful. trees, full sail

in living leaf, and the sun

blowing through them,

the water

held in cupped

hands. the air again

all shadows and green,

enough to make dust

come alive. it doesn't

blow, now, no;

it sits quietly

and sleepy as a cat,

so breathy and gentle. cars roll,


green smoke. shirt sleeves shift,

and the air is cool

when you step in a lee

of anything, building

or greenery. the sun

shines raindrops, sparking

like a good older brother

letting a sister

play with his favourite toy. the city; softness

and a feeling

like walking. and of course,

then jealousy, burning

on an easy city, deciding


to take it.


The ring.

I consider the thought –

frankly, I'm considering proposing;

but my girlfriend has taste

and I'm not the most prosperous.

what is the etiquette

to haggle then over

the ring?








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