Poetry

The Occupation

by Mary Chydiriotis   (Lesvos, Greece, 1942) Artemis is small and nimble apron loaded with courgettes pockets crammed with parsley...

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Hey, Antoine Lavoisier

by Lorraine Gibson   I’m drinking ancestors’ tears, praising their liquid forms — sip, sip — savouring them oh so slowly in...

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Winter

by Nathanael O’Reilly   I split wood on the back verandah while woodsmoke wafted from the chimney, watched Aussie Rules on Sunday...

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Birdsville by Pauline Lewis

Pauline Lewis Along a track so arid and forlorn Maree left behind in the distance A nine-hour drive to the infamous location To delve into...

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Disproportionate Experiences by Devika Brendon

Disproportionate Experiences by Devika Brendon It’s what we focus on that we make significant. We can drive ourselves mad By zooming in...

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Christmas

by Sam Morley   I am in the shed sweeping when my neighbour knocks at the front door and tells my partner her husband is cheating....

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Merciless

By Jess Roscioli   The beginning was bliss. A desire, with a depth –  more forceful than the ocean we met along.  Purity,...

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Shave Your Legs For Summer

by Bethany Cody   Fat tears won’t flood the lake. A head full of summer memories. She stayed at yours, you stayed up late. Cut your...

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Six Mothers I Had

By Bradlee Jennings   Talaleu was the fearless goddess who wrangled flesh and air, Willing me into existence. Healthy yet homeless, I...

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The Rats of The Rocks, Sydney 1900

by Rob McKinnon   Surreptitious stowaways  to the flourishing city  hiding in groaning ships  from contaminated ports.  Finding...

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Taffy

by Bethany Cody   Born of the beach, a young man from Taffs Well, gateway to the valleys, an immigrant living along the flat shores of...

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Transformers, The Haiku

by Josh Kee   Era of Plastic. When Raegan Passed new toy laws, Hasbro wanted stake.   Seeking new concepts, Hasbro went to the...

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The Moirai

by Jane Frank   1. Clotho   I feel her thread spinning, spooling ahead through a sea of guinea grass as I run down the hill to...

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Empire

by Vasilka Pateras   The rust of empire has crumbled desiccated flakes float— over once traversed lands  stocked with wild tribes ...

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The Black Madonna

by Vasilka Pateras Monastic caves of Kalishta,  stone crevasses of solitude  on bare floors a monk’s prayer in worldly denial – ...

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At the Time of Numismatic Transition

by Srinjay Chakravarti After the emperor’s head has been chopped off, the royal executioner is paid his wages by his new masters. Till...

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TAJ MAHAL, AGRA

by Srinjay Chakravarti The dark river, draped like a clinging wet sari around the fleshy curves of rocks and boulders.   Against an...

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Movement Over Light

by Ellen Shelley The old bones of this house settled around my feet, called me home.    In this far from where I grew up place, I...

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Tensile Time

by David Atkinson Her brother, she must see for herself,  walking south, alone;  choking, astringency, fetid grit of the street. ...

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Empire Erased

by Magdalena Ball It was over in an hour a thousand people in an hour.   Who dared count the weary passengers  disembarking cramped...

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Life Can Only be Understood Backwards

by Magdalena Ball He knew how to read the weather, the synoptic, the radar strong winds, showers the rain was coming.    He knew a...

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Lent 1989

by Mary Chydiriotis At the port of Mytilene cinnamon filled pockets of air float past along the waterfront a café sells Bougatsa made...

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THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME

by Edna Heled   Germany.   To think that we can look to you for comfort and hope at a time of paralyzing fear the world will...

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His Cousin’s Eulogy

by Chris Armstrong   Dad looks up from the page, sees me —startles as if I were death itself; lurking, watching.   Hello. He...

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Picture of the Vessel Agnes

by Hugh McMillan   A Picture of the vessel Agnes, near Dockfoot     Taken here most likely, at this mooring now swamped by...

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‘Anyone for a drink?’

by Angela Costi   – 1965, Regatta Hotel, QLD   Rosalie and Merle clasped their ‘cold ones’, forced their smiles,...

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Darebin Creek Crimes

by James Walton   Sometimes it was my turn to buy the shilling’s worth of broken biscuits from the new Summerhill shops   then...

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PALIMPSEST

By Anna Forsyth   Someone slides open a drawer carefully her gloved hands steady from practice. Hector’s locked box was at the...

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MONKEY BUSINESS

By Devika Brendon   Like a marmoset With those gripping fingers Surprising strength Stretched out full length Ears like a headset How...

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What Sleep Is This?

By Jill Jones   What remains of us at night The weight of respiration the insects we swallow the division of thought into chemical...

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