home> poets> Cliff Forshaw

about Cliff Forshaw       more poems           Members’ Events Listing       Shop Online

last update:
31 Mar20

Cliff Forshaw photo e-mail Cliff
Cliff Forshaw website & blog
Cliff Forshaw interview
by Francis H Powell

poetry favourites:
The Common: Cliff’s Dantean satire: Hole
Shadows in the Scrub – ABC Radio, the Tasmanian Tiger
Zone Poetry – Borsec artists’ residency, Transylvania
The Guardian: Carol Rumens on ‘Loop’

and in the shop…
collections –
“French Leave”
Broken Sleep Books;
Shoestring Press;
“Pilgrim Tongues”
Wrecking Ball Press;
Arc Publications
The Collective Press



             YouTube: Cliff Forshaw reading    Loop



     (62 seconds of the extinct Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger on film.)
Within the box, it growls, it twists,
scowls through its repertoire of tricks,
ignores the camera – or gurns up close, turns
again, to flop, to gnaw that paw-trapped bone.
It paces out its trap of light; one hundred reps
while hindquarters zither bars of sun;
claws cage’s mesh, hangs stretched
as if to take the measure of itself.
You saw. You see. And what we’ve got is what was shot:
short clips, fragments caught and stitched
together in a loop of black and white.
Nine lives? Not quite. It’s down. It’s out.
It’s on its feet and born again. Like a repetition
compulsion, like… like reincarnated light.

Cliff Forshaw

in collection, Vandemonian, 2013, Arc Publications,
ISBN 978-1-9046147-22 (hbk), ISBN 978-1-9046146-0-9 (pbk) (& Kindle);
in chapbook, Tiger, 2011, HappenStance, ISBN 978-1-9059396-2-6;
Carol Rumens’ Poem of the Week, 22 November 2011, The Guardian online;
featured on Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio programme (16 Sep. 2013),
Shadows in the Scrub