You can read a sample of Ghost Wife on the Amazon site, just click on the book cover to look inside.
As far as poetry goes, here is a sample of some of the poems that you will find in Electricity for Beginners.
When the suburb sleeps, this bed hums
with the quakes of midnight trucks
that speed west two streets away.
For weeks I thought it was me—
some spasm to do with the heart.
While you slept, I lay here
counting beats, debts, receipts.
It’s these old houses. All tongue and groove
they move and shift in increments, sink
on their stumps, inhale and exhale the heat.
Doors drop on their hinges and refuse to close.
Tonight, late, our flatmate brings his woman home
and the tremors come again—
paperbacks shake on their shelves,
windowpanes rattle and
silverware, girlish, shivers in its drawers.
Beside me, you sleep
moving only your breath, your blood,
your fierce heart. Beside me, you sleep
as the dark house shifts around us.
Friday night another faux-Irish pub
another convocation of the hopeful, the hopeless,
and the undecided.
We watch the covers band struggle with feedback
as the TVs show a soundless montage
of great mishaps in motorsport.
We talk shit like it matters.
Strident debate over Best Celebrity Names:
we argue Netanyahu vs Megawati,
Telly Savalas vs Lee Lin Chin.
Trivia savants, we trade facts like marbles:
an upturned Frisbee holds a litre of beer.
Napoleon and Caesar were born with teeth.
Elite archers shoot between heartbeats.
At this, we quiet,
try to imagine small acts of precision.
till the band plays ‘Come on Eileen’
and we form a rowdy chorus
of toora loo rye, toora loo rye ayes.
Sunday’s wishbone rests on the sill by the sink.
Washing up, the girl can smell its slow rot
as the last threads of flesh turn hard and dark.
Someday soon she’ll snag it in her pinky,
vying with her sister in a knucklebone battle
for the world that unfurls as she scrubs.
But today, sunk in the soft hiss
of dish-wash foam, she looks out on
acres of concrete and Colorbond, and wonders
if it’s air or death or something else
that turns all soft things hard.