poetry   June 3, 2023

Four poems

shade the boy in brown looks dazed a fire crackles, in French starts reciting a poem out of nowhere whispers into a wound as if that will clean it all very romantic meanwhile someone who doesn’t know how to work the news report whistles instead...

poetry   April 8, 2023

Four poems

Sharp Comforts On the day I finally visited you I forgot how to make the shower hot as if some part of me was denying myself that. On the long drive out an old yellow rose gone rampant at the edge of an unreadable business and the hot pink...

poetry   March 4, 2023

Three poems

An Indigenous Voice in Parliament Is an Indigenous Voice in Parliament, is an Indigenous Voice in Parliament, is an Indigenous Voice in Parliament, is an Indigenous Voice in Parliament, is an Indigenous Voice in Parliament, is an Indigenous Voice in...

poetry   June 25, 2022

Two poems

Watching Dulac’s La Coquille et le clergyman and thinking over my great-grandmother playing piano to accompany silent movies I know this one wouldn’t have reached the picture houses of Perth, Western Australia, in 1928 or any years soon after. Late...

poetry   April 16, 2022

Three poems

Moonrise in a new suburb Colorbondage: fences edging the raw lowness. On this street Google maps can’t find yet a full moon has just been released. Seems no one else saw it jump the rooftops – all the TV lights through curtain cracks. Over waste...

poetry   November 6, 2021

Bees and birds

Metamorphosis Bees are the most invaluable species on this planet … If the bees were to disappear today, humans would follow suit very soon. – Earthwatch Institute It was when the humming grew so loud that children covered their ears and dogs tried...

poetry   July 24, 2021

Two poems

Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Painting P1472 ’Tis the tempestuous loveliness of terror; For from the serpents gleams a brazen glare Kindled by that inextricable error Which makes a thrilling vapour of the air Become a [ ] an evershifting mirror “On the...

poetry   May 8, 2021

Black walnuts

In Memoriam Kate Jennings: poet, novelist, feminist (1948–2021)

poetry   May 8, 2021

Poems by Kate Jennings

(1948–2021) Once there was a way to get back home For Djuna Barnes who wrote The Book of Repulsive Women Thinking about home and where it will be, thinking about home, preoccupied with thinking about home and where will it be. Where will it be? For...

poetry   May 1, 2021

Three poems

The dilemma of writing a few verses The dilemma of writing a poem without light, without the amenities of paper and ink without the digital keyboard but with memory correcting each verse like a clock tired of telling the time, a fallen rhythm into...

poetry   April 10, 2021

Two poems

Epiphany for dad I have seen birth and death, But had thought they were different – T. S. Eliot As it rose for the Magi, a pink flush through the gum trees the bed that held his tortured, gagged body, fifteen months after a stroke lies empty in a...