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Jayne Fenton Keane
Jayne Fenton Keane is a highly awarded and respected poet, both in Australia and overseas. Her distinctive blend of poetry-song cycles, spoken word-music fusions and shamanic performances have challenged and inspired audiences and critics around the world. Based in Queensland, Australia, JFK is the Founding Director of National Poetry Week, a PhD student and a human rights worker. JFK has recently returned from an Asialink Residency where she spent time writing in Malaysia, Taiwan and India.


Poet in Residence: Stalking Tongue, Vol 2: Slaming the Sonnet

toen | tone

(from Wild Ham; A Collaborative Journey Through Incomprehension a Translation work in progress)

look at
how still you are
afternoon standing
inside your legs

are you fishing
or playing golf

does your toddler
remember when you were
a teenager


in the distance
trucks drive past
full of cows


your hand in your hair
in the shores
of a storm


over thoughts
land in


what gift
does the nothingness

look at how still you are

Variations on a found Tarantula poem

One: Endangered  Spider Cake

1 Texas Tan Tarantula
1 Peruvian Pinktoe Tarantula
1 Curlyhair Tarantula
1 Mexican Redknee Tarantula
2 Rhino Horned Baboon Tarantulas
1 Greenbottle Blue Tarantula
1 King Baboon Tarantula
1 Costa Rican Tiger Rump Tarantula
1 Tanzanian Stout-Leg Baboon Tarantula
1 Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula
4 Salmon Pink Birdeater Tarantulas
2 Dwarf Rose Tarantulas
1 Trinidad Mahogany Tree Spider
1 Goliath Birdeater Tarantula

Two: Cockroach Grace

1 Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
15 Trinidad Giant Cave Cockroaches
9 False Death's Head Cockroaches
1 Orange-Headed Cockroach
28 Lobster Cockroaches

Three: Jungle Juice Cocktail

1 Teddy Bear Hamster
1 Quaker Parrot
2 Bearded Dragons
1 Red-Sided Garter Snake
2 Spitting Spiders

Four: All You Can Eat Special

1 Mexican Bloodleg Tarantula 
1 Mexican Flameknee Tarantula
1 Martinique Pinktoe Tarantula
2 Pink-Footed Millipedes
2 Texas Redhead Centipedes
1 Panama Blonde Blue-Fang Tarantula
1 Brazilian Giant Orange Tarantula
3 Sao Tome Giant Olive-Brown Baboon Tarantulas
1 Peruvian Green Velvet Tarantula
1 Fringed Ornamental Tarantula

Five: After Dinner Speech at a Shareholder’s Meeting

3 Emperor Scorpions
1 Desert Hairy Scorpion
1 Texas Burrowing Scorpion
1 Lesser Stripe Tail Scorpion
1 Israeli Gold Scorpion
2 Striped Bark Scorpions
1 Yellow Fat-Tail Scorpion
2 Giant Vinegaroons
1 African Assassin Bug