Poetry

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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The Magician

By Hélène Cardona.   Good night, the mellifluous whisper catches me like a vine, wraps itself around my will. I stare at violet eyes,...

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We the Dark Ones


by Shona Blake I am a dark one And flow with the dark river The place of my beginning I came fast The river was in a hurry that day But my...

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Flash

By Les Wicks   I saw my UFO, 1969. Gurus, revolution. Racial & sexual equality stop the damned wars while we played with that...

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The Netherlands

By Liana Joy Christensen   Previously published in Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment...

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Cat Revelation

By Drucilla Wall   I know a thing or two about cats, and that scrawny black skeleton with dirty socks, curled in an empty flower pot...

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The Vampire Squid

By Debbie Lim   Vampyroteuthis infernalis   Literally, from hell. Belling the vast dark with a cape of rusted tentacles. Dante...

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Railway Town

By Les Wicks   Where I grew up there was respect for the uniform. No one ever killed in them. Armed with timetables the wise station...

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As If The Large Magellanic Cloud Looks Over Us

By Jill Jones.   Thursday was full moon     more than silvery when clouds parted     life is short    days are long you...

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Animate and full of spirits

By Owen Bullock   As the night, as the Chapel when you thought it housed a ghost. As the hedge where he lurked to scare you. Where the...

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Whipbird

By Marilyn Humbert   where mist blurs men and trees a call sharp as a shard cracks the valley breaking morning rituals   I listen...

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An Undertaker’s Son

By Daragh Byrne   In memory of Des Byrne   You would find him on a wet November Wednesday, sideways rain in New Abbey Filling the...

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Barbouruia Kalimantanensis

By J.W. Burns   Like some animal you get tired of your skin, want to sink to the bottom and just push life through the mud.   But...

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