Two Poems in Quadrant
Two of Andrew’s poems—”Poet of Quirk” and “A Not-So-Nonsense Poem”—have been published in the May 2023 issue of Quadrant magazine.
“Poet of Quirk”, a villanelle written for and about Australian poet Andrew Burke, is reproduced below.
Andrew Burke is one of the poets featured in the Other Poets & Poems section of this website, and you can read 11 of his poems here.
Poet of Quirk
I write in praise of Andrew Burke—
doyen of wit, slayer of pulp
and fabulous poet of Quirk.
Readers who wander in his work
where words yap and images whelp
unite in praise of Andrew Burke.
No fake profundity through murk,
no purple passions through yelp—
this fantastic poet of Quirk.
While others primp and play the clerk,
he gets to grips with glee and gulp—
I write, of course, of Andrew Burke.
Like me, he loves the poet’s work
and pokes snipe-like at poesy’s kelp—
this fanciful poet of Quirk.
Though I grieve his kicking of kirk,
I love him still and cannot help
but write in praise of Andrew Burke,
Aussie’s frabjous poet of Quirk.
© Andrew Lansdown