Poetry

Paper Stone Circles

By Paul Casey stone turns to paper in her eye as she filters cycles of light into circles of paper stones her eye is a stone circle a...

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City of Another Home

By Michelle Cahill City of seven islands, guarded by eight-armed Mumbadevi, of the Dravidians, Marathis and Gujaratis, your name alludes to...

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Butterfly Lovers

By Eileen Chong I Born a girl. By my father’s word, plate of ash untouched— Needle and silk: opaline peacocks, burning phoenixes. Last...

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Ceremony

By Chelsea Dingman I open the windows to the house—humid      air like a deer’s breaths in the spring rain. Streetlights flit off...

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News highlights – 3 erasure poems

By Lizz Murphy From Aleppo – Rivers of blood women and children… viewed December 2016. From People smuggling – Turkey, Greece...

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War Zone Tours

By Lizz Murphy   In response to the article ‘Russian travel company wants to sell tours to the front line of Syrian civil war’...

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Sugihara

Sugihara   By Moya Pacey   In 1941, Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania, helped Jews leave by issuing them...

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Please do not pee in the sink

By Ali Whitelock (First published in Ali Whitelock’s debut poetry collection, ‘and my heart crumples like a coke can’...

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Where the feet have been

By Ramon Loyola   Note: ‘Where the feet have been’ is the last part of Ramon’s ‘suburban walkabout’ trilogy, with ‘You...

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How Many Borders?

By Anita Patel Artwork by Kathryn Lamont.  ...

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Polenta Memories

By Jenny Blackford   (First published in Jenny’s poetry collection, ‘The Loyalty of Chickens (Pitt Street Poetry, 2017).) Artwork by...

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Writing Workshops at the Muslim School

By Jenny Blackford   (First published in Jenny’s poetry collection, ‘The Loyalty of Chickens’ (Pitt Street Poetry, 2017). Also...

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A tanka

By Sandra Renew   (First published in 100 tanka by 100 poets of Australia and New Zealand (eds. Amelia Fielden, Beverley George and...

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Diaspora

By Nessa O’Mahony   His regular spot; curled foetus-tight, back to the wall at the end of the canal, near the bridge at Baggot...

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Still

By Ellen Shelley Artwork by Jackie Benney. Published with permission of the artist....

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Australian Alcatraz
Or why I am not a painter

by Richard James Allen Only weeks, months, at the most a year or so, before Gough Whitlam’s ‘It’s Time’ changed everything, for a...

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31st December 1817 Sailed the Brig Active for Lisbon

By Geoff Budden   The tides and capes of Bonavista now safely astern, Newfoundland below the western horizon they sailed into the new...

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A Voice Unheard

By Bill Cotter Artwork by Kathryn Lamont....

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Of those who stay

By Jeremy C. North    ...

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Shelley’s drowning

  By Duncan Richardson Artwork by Kathryn Lamont....

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The death of Mary Doyle

To commemorate the Official State Visit to Australia 2017 by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, we are deeply honoured and grateful...

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My Mother as Walden Pond

By Tess Barry   Out of her twig-filled lungs a strong wind whirls   she is a small stream     obstructed a standing body...

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Diaspora in F Major

By Tess Barry   Eat lemon altogether, she says, cold go out.  What you play?  Luna Sonata? My fevered fingers stumble through...

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Remembering Bridget

(Bridget Cox Bishop, 1848-1912)   By Geoff Budden   J Cox and his five sons lost in their boat off the Harbor April 24, 1859....

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Remembering Robert

By Geoff Budden   At home in taverns, not in homes, you left when your daughter was four years old. Your own final home was a needle...

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Lest we forget

By Dr Wendy J Dunn   Lest we forget The First World War They said Ground soaked With blood With countless dead Lest we forget Another...

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Travel Memories

By Jordan King-Lacroix       I. On a leaky boat, they came, needing to change their name once, in the village to sound less Jewish...

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Repeated History

By Jordan King-Lacroix   The clouds, ha! The clouds! Did you see them when they passed overhead?   So slow, like molasses,...

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Ablution

By Eleanor Hooker                            Ghost me. Fossil me.                                        ...

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Nativity

By Nathanael O’Reilly   In a centuries-old English church where Jane Austen worshipped, my daughter performs her role on the steps...

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