Over 200 of Jan Ball's poems appear in journals including, Atlanta Review, Calyx, Connecticut Review, Main Street Rag, Nimrod, and Phoebe.  Jan’s chapbooks are accompanying spouse and Chapter of Faults. After earning a doctorate in second language acquisition at the University of Rochester, Jan taught ESL writing at DePaul University.

AUSTRALIAN CHANGE

Jan Ball

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Poetry

July 2016

Lately we don’t lay like this

spooned against each other,

just last night cacooned

in airline blankets separately

back to Sydney across

the fourteen-hour Pacific

but even at home in Chicago

we generally gravitate toward

the bededges, you with your

puh-puh breathing and me

with my jumpy legs, but

when we arrived here and

drove up the Pacific Highway

to see your ninety-year-old

aunt, we ate flathead and

chips companionably outside

in the Australian winter sun

beside the crashing waves

while children danced in the

bandshell and even now back at

Harbourside Apartment Hotel

I can see the train carriages

that clatter across the Harbour

Bridge snuggle against each other

as dawn exposes Luna Park like

a magician, tilt-a-whirling again,

the ferris wheel bright with

sparkling lights.  

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