Poem: An Allegory for Our Times

15 November, 2021
Australian Bushfires – Abstractionism 131 cm x Width 198 cm Estelle Asmodelle 2019
“Aus­tralian Bush­fires – Abstrac­tion­ism,” 131 cm x 198 cm, 2019 (cour­tesy artist Estelle Asmodelle).


A poem by Jenny Pollak


—after Goya’s Dis­parate ale­gre (Mer­ry folly)

We dance in the dark as the world slow­ly turns 
and our shad­ows fall dumb
as the can­dle­stick burns.

Look how we move, we say, blind in our pleasure, 
and, don’t we look good 
as we’re danc­ing together?

The land, it shrinks fur­ther, the sea ris­es higher, 
but, let’s raise a toast, we all cry,
To the weather!

The feet of the hanged man dance quick­er, dance faster,
as we close our eyes 
and we toast to our pleasure.


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For most of her life Jenny Pollak has been a full-time artist, focusing her arts practice in photography, sculpture and video installation, a time which also included five years as a musician playing flute and congas with various African and Latin American bands around Sydney, NSW, and on a short tour in Latin America. In 2012 she began a dedicated poetry practice and has since been published in various journals, including Meanjin, Cordite, the Australian Poetry Journal, and the Stilts journal, as well as in various anthologies, including Australian Award-Winning Writing 2017. She is currently working on her first two collections of poetry. 


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