urban biology - audiodraft

by Ian Gibbins

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Poems from "urban biology" with electronic music.


released March 1, 2012

Texts and music written / performed / produced by Ian Gibbins.
Cover image: "Parched" by Judy Morris. judymorris.net.au


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Ian Gibbins Adelaide, Australia

Ian Gibbins is a poet, electronic musician and video artist, having retired in 2014 as a neuroscientist and Professor of Anatomy at Flinders University. His poetry has been widely published in print and on-line. He regularly performs his poetry with his music and videos. For more info see www.iangibbins.com.au ... more

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Track Name: quantum theory
The beers were iced, peanuts too salty,
air-post-ontological, smoke-free,
hot club and cool be-bop replaced by
electrobeat or acid house,
home town rhythms jammed
six o'clock rock...
Track Name: man with a broken tooth
There had been a fight, or maybe,
as claimed in the sporting pages,
a series of pugilistic incidents...
Track Name: dirt track
No albatrosses.
No whales.
No arguments.
No words...
Track Name: middle of the road
This is nothing like
magnolias floating in a bowl of mercury

schools of flying-fish beneath
a glittering Tommy Ruff sky ...
Track Name: local knowledge
About now, I reckon,
we should have an hour or so
to continue our path along the land's edge,
to drag our feet through halogenic skeins of weed ...
Track Name: travel plans
"Stay in your lane," she muttered.
The smell of crushed metal
followed us like tyre tracks...
Track Name: the science of shark fishing
There's not much you can do
with a hook through your jaw...
Track Name: night hike
... and so we
wrapped the sky around our shoulders until
stars trickled down the middles of our backs;
deep within our bellies, we knew already
that this was not a night for making careless wishes ...
Track Name: the boy with two bodies
Now that the pain has gone,
the bleeding has stopped,

now that this thing, these terrible things,
have been expelled from my body,

I can find the breath to weep and to pray;
I can find the breath for broken, fitful, sleep ...
Track Name: mutton birds, anzac day
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