Elly McDonald


Back in Business (1982)

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Back in business, in tycoon form

touting like a hustler for what

the day may bring: bring noise bring

heat bring dust and it smells

like the street (my private property my

Wall Street, my bonanza)

bought and sold, selling now

on competitive terms: my sharp

my shop-worn challenge

on a day like today, on my street

feeling strong: feel cunning (lazy malice)

and sly: feel like laughing –

wanna rip somebody off

Author: Elly McDonald

Worked in the Australian rock music industry as a journalist and published widely as a poet before moving to London and spending the better part of a decade in advertising agencies. Returned to Australia and tried teaching, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees but also briefly as a high school classroom teacher. Has travelled Western Europe, North Africa, Russia, Northern India, East Asia, coastal USA, some Pacific Islands, and Australia.

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