Music is poetry

by Owen Bullock

When Dave Gilmour flies into the green light, his pinch harmonics the shrieks of selves on Comfortably Numb. When Patti Smith screams freedom to My Generation. When Doug Pettibone grooves through Lucinda Williams’ Out of Touch with his yellow firebird, soloing songs within song – she gives him a hug and a kiss when the poem completes itself, and he shucks a little smile.

Owen Bullock has published three collections of poetry, five books of haiku and a novella, the most recent being Summer Haiku (2019) and Work & Play (2017). He has a website for his research into poetry and process, at  He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra.

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