Image sourced from Bendigo Art Gallery website.

Elvis: Direct from Graceland

Friday 15 April 2022, Bendigo Art Gallery

 

gallery entrance—

a black-and-white headshot

framed in gold

 

round platform—

Elvis’s white MG painted

lipstick red

 

technicolour clips

from Elvis Presley movies

and concerts on loop

 

stage full of mannequins

well-dressed

in The King’s colourful jumpsuits

 

lone display case

’gainst an off-white wall—

The King’s black guitar

 

amidst treasures—gold

-plated rotary dial phone

from Elvis’s bedside

 

heart of the gallery—

a black-and-white tux

beside a white dress

 

Elvis: Direct from Graceland is at Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria until 17 July, 2022.

Poet Michael Leach and his sister Laura-Jane.

 

Stereo Story #665

Michael Leach is an academic at Monash Rural Health, Bendigo. His poems reside in Rabbit, Cordite, Meniscus, Stereo Stories, the 2021 Hippocrates Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. Michael’s poetry collections include Chronicity (Melbourne Poets Union, 2020) and Natural Philosophies (Recent Work Press, forthcoming). He lives on unceded Dja Dja Wurrung Country.