recent stuff by allan boyd - antipoet

This is not a sacrificial poem

29 Jun 2019

This is not a sacrificial poem
This is not a Prop
This is not a costume
This is not a clock
This is not a weekday
This is not a Monday
This is not Tuesday
This is not Wednesday
This is not Thursday like its Friday
This is Slam Day
This is not a competition, it is
This is not a poem about climate crisis, it is
This is not Capitalism, it is
This is not a Democracy
This is not a Republic
This is not an Anarchist, man
This is just another poem in a poetry slam
But I digress

margarets dead is a dead poem

14 Jun 2019

hello, so here we are now

huddled for this tented voyage

never ready for blunt-faced

rock star poets to speak

like main street pastry

sweet calorific word-units rained brutal

all yr fat thick metaphoric

les murray-style stanzas

spoken lines and maybe munted rhymes

here in this sacred semiotic space


hills n hills of rows of fine vines clarified

harrowed like hashtagged hashtags

a margaret river narrative

not even a weed in sight


and poetry is dead again, woke


11 Dec 2015

on noongar land
there is a sweet noise
rolling in at the horizon
just under the raw clouds
it’s a thin sound

and we’re speaking in verse, always traverse
its two steps forward, another in reverse

we’re building walls
with words
to stop the hate
picking locks
utter stanzas
unhinging the gates
we’re carpet bombing villages
with poems of peace
pieces of poems
creating treaties

100 poems

08 Sep 2015

this is slam about a poem
this is slam about a poem about a poem
this is a poem about sex
this is poem about drugs
this is poem about rock n roll
this is poem about 120 seconds in length
this is poem about cats on the internet
this is poem about god
your god
my god
oh my god
this is poem about
a dictionary
a thesaurus
the government
this is poem about you
this is poem about me
this is poem about the next poet


07 Sep 2015

My partner, my son and I run the monthly Perth Slam at the Rosemount Hotel in North Perth:

I've been the WA Coordinator of the Australian Poetry Slam since its inception in 2007. Here's some basic information and links. Feel free to contact me to find out more.

WA HEATS APS Facebook Page


last round

06 Sep 2015

this ones for the coulda beens
the shoulda beens
the wanna bes
the also-rans
the think I cans
the go getters
the coulda been betters
for those that wann’d be there
those that shoulda been there
those who coulda been there
this is for the clangers
the misheld hangers
the one percenters
the on field venters

this ones for the retired
won’t get rehired
for fletch’s 400
and lest we forget
those who’ll

mornin john - for john mcglue

05 Sep 2015

mornin john
yr one in a billion john
its NBG John
don’t be butthurt
no need to rage-quit facebook
yr awesomesauce
there’s no way yr weak sauce
yr a glanceable
a bit clickable
maybe a little
waitin for the morning show mic drop john
lets bantz the fat-shame on the morning train john
snapchat ya manspreading
took up two seats bruh
meanwhile yr talkback with randos
at least after the show
you get an early
beer o’clock

Western Derby

14 Aug 2015

they want a poem about the western derby
but I hate both teams
they wanna poem about the government
but I hate both teams
so I wrote this
and I cant
I cant
waiting for words to spit out
like lyrical sparks,
searching dictionaries
for inspirational diction
for rhymes, for fact-filled fiction
but there’s naught
theres only blank white
this screen missing wit
unable to spit out the fitness
nothing here
no assonance
or alliteration
minimal enunciation

leave a row for darren

28 Jul 2015

crawl outta the swag at 530am
rummage for your boots
in the dewy mundaring dark
drag yourself to the ute
up the great eastern
off gorrie road, an eye to for roos
in the misty grey

we’re at the tree dump in the breaking light
loading a 100 boxes of radiata
fried bacon on a slice of white bread
ice on the box plastic
fingers like frozen rocks
then its a load up the bucket

heel two three drop
heel two three drop

up and back, across the paddock
smashing rows on rows on rows

dear madam speaker

07 Jul 2015


dear madam speaker
madam speaker
madam speaker

got a point of order
that oughta be treated

if I see you in the pub
I might have to teach ya

yr fundraiser helicopter
right-wing features

dear madam speaker
madam speaker
madam speaker

spin spin spin
like a gifted preacher

inside a beehive
a handful of leeches

we are all entitled to the
sticky little creatures

dear madam speaker
madam speaker
madam speaker