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Issue # 2 September 2010
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Reilly Smethurst is a composer & a poet. He is currently studying Composition (Honours) at the University of Auckland, & is a recipient of the University's Masters/Honours/PG Dip Scholarship.

In 2009, Reilly completed his Bachelors degree at the Queensland Conservatorium, where he studied under Gerardo Diriť, received the Music Technology Medal, & was a member of the Griffith Honours College.

Reilly Smethurst

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I love the human

I love the human.
I do not run away as he sits
beside me on the train, though his coat
is treated with urine & sweat -
an imperfect ascent permitted
a hellish remnant to flourish
& wreak havoc on the nostrils.

I love the human.
Why would I run away?
I know what piss looks like,
what it feels like as it passes through me;
I have two more stations to grow
accustomed to its scent.