Issue Eight

GRANDMOTHER: AFTER SCHOOL

By Eamonn Wall   —the best teacher lives outside, the best teacher lives inside you, beating blood, breathing air, the best...

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At the Heart of Every Stone, A Bird

By Angela T. Carr   Nest of pebbles on the doorstep – a pagan offering, the work of small hands – its matted grass walls,...

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GIANT STEPS – edited by Paul Munden & Shane Strange.

reviewed by Jayme Constandino. Giant Steps is a modern compilation of the workings from fifty poets where they reflect on the Apollo 11...

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Bull Sharks

By Anthony Lawrence   In a river that still reeks of decay, in a time before the weir divided fresh from salt among mangroves that...

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Intact

By Anne Walsh   Visible in the wild wreck I am is the empire I was. My ruin is the most beautiful architecture. Wreckage has made me...

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After Hieronymus Bosch, perhaps.

by Peter Boyle.   Saint Germain des près, St Martins in the Fields — what are so many churches doing in the meadows? Why are...

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Abercrombie Street

By Kristen de Kline,   + we loved like demons our kisses, fresh and fugitive we snorted lines as Cave wrestled skeleton trees crooned...

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Pathways to Gifts

By Hélène Cardona.   when my soul turned round, perceiving the other-side of everything…...

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The Divide

By Anthony Lawrence   While the other boys were drawing their guns and falling into the ruins of an open pavilion of sky and pines, I...

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Moses

By J.W. Burns   hunched against the orange sky, a white horizon nibbling at his bowels. Far below, his sheep hungry, thirsty, horny to...

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The Colour Grey

By Bernadette Gallagher.   He talked of grey, of blue, purple and all the possible pigments that make up grey. He talked of trees, of...

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Eden (breaking free)

By Matthew M.C. Smith   Dream on a breeze of summer eve’s tree-dappled light Do not fear the advancing shadows Let Autumn storms...

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Threads Entwined

By Bernadette Gallagher   For John Philip   You came already formed a silken scarf blowing in the wind.   To unravel would...

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Interview with Lliane Clarke

Interviewer: Samuel Elliott What is Voices of Women? Voices of Women is a not for profit organisation to support new work by Australian...

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Julien’s Terror by Laura Rahme.

Reviewed by Thomas Van Essen.   Laura Rahme, Sydney-based writer of The Ming Storytellers(2012) and The Mascherati: A Novel of...

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Intangible Flight

By Robyn Rowland   whirling Dervish, Istanbul   Unworn as any adolescent son, the youngest Mevlani Dervish trembling on the cusp...

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THE GREEN FIELD

by Sue Robertson We were in our front field, shepherding our little flock of sheep.  A motley crew made up of children, old people, and...

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The King’s Exile

By Matthew M.C. Smith   for Anne   We fly over girded earth trailing the rise of Apollo light thousands of feet high   The...

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Roots

By Marilyn Humbert   west of Alice Springs the Finke River rambles roots of ancient eucalypts Namatjira paints his soul   ghost...

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Ashley Kalagian Blunt’s My Name is Revenge

Reviewed by Angela Wauchop “… Vrezh stomped the blood-red flags with enthusiasm … The older boys poured kerosene on the heap...

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Return to Sender

by Samuel Williams.   The radiating aroma of aging books and mahogany grazed my nostrils as I brushed past mountains of pre-loved...

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RED LIKE BLOOD

By Dr Wendy J. Dunn   Red like blood I plucked a rose Grasped its beauty close to me uncaring of its thorns   Blood red red blood...

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The lost cantatas of Mozart

by Peter Boyle.   The lost cantatas of Mozart are being performed on an island in the wide fork of a river not far from here....

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Lapdogged

by Ian C Smith.   To visit their son, a bearded adult now in what feels to him a fast-forwarding of years, she drives him to the...

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