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poetry April 04, 2020
Diary of a Non-Essential Worker
Did you know violins can shake the earth? Such sweet vessels, tiny planetary throats. I was sent an orchestra. They made music, a sorrow, a soaring, that shivered the dirt. I followed the notes to a barbarism. The composer said he created the beautiful …
poetry February 08, 2020
The once-white lady dipped her hands into a faceless mass at the border she said, I’m the one to give you a face as if she wasn’t the one who stole it in the first place, someone must humanise the mass, the migrant caravan, the …
poetry March 07, 2020
[Y]our people [Y]our problems
I have never had a country willing to claim me as its own. Sit with me as I sit with that. Hold my hand. Our knees can touch across the loneliness, which, at least and at last, wants nothing of us. I heard a man and a woman have a public spat. …
Opinion June 23, 2018
What is political correctness?
“On and on, everyday cruelties abound. Somehow, conservatives get away with running things exactly how they want, while complaining loudly that they’re unable to because of censorship. They are both underdog and victor, gagged yet constantly heard. What, …”
Opinion April 21, 2018
Hiding anger in the face of bigotry
“I have lived my life in the shadow of a myth: the angry Arab, the enraged ethnic, the unruly barbarians. It was made mythic only by a white conservative media. At home I knew one reality close to this – worn Arab hands that held the cane, the belt, …”
Portrait March 03, 2018
Artist Ato Ribeiro
Seeing Black Panther with Ghanian-American woodworker Ato Ribeiro.
Opinion February 17, 2018
Representation and diversity
“As a marginalised poet beginning to have some small measure of success, I’m not supposed to talk about this. I am supposed to take what is given, speak as wound, as tragic past come good, and if I should succeed, treat it as the accidental byproduct …”
Portrait June 24, 2017
Literary collective director Michael Mohammed Ahmad
A drive with founder of western Sydney literary collective Sweatshop, Michael Mohammed Ahmad.