Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is an Australian writer. She is the author of the poetry collections Fire Season (Giramondo, 2009), awarded the Western Australian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 2009 and Ephemeral Waters (Giramondo, 2013), shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s award in 2014. From September 2011-September 2012 she was the inaugural Sydney City Poet. 

'The Dolorimeter' by Kate Middleton

September 2020, no. 424 24 August 2020
Sometime late morning it begins, a root of something that only as it grows do you recognise as pain. You have had coffee, as you do every morning, and now you feel the kind of heaviness that sends you to lie down. At home, the friend who is staying with you, whom you half invited and who may have misinterpreted your keenness for company, notes your early return and approves of your plan to retreat ... (read more)

Kate Middleton reviews 'Of A Boy' by Sonya Hartnett

September 2000, no. 224 01 September 2000
Kate Middleton reviews 'Of A Boy' by Sonya Hartnett
At primary school we were shown a video warning children not to get into strangers’ cars. We were told to note the places with Safety House stickers on the way home. I remember wondering if, on being pursued, I’d be able to run all the way to the nearest one. Every so often, we heard about a kidnapping on the news, so we took these warnings seriously. Sonya Hartnett’s novel Of a Boy, writte ... (read more)

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'Study of a Lion' by Kate Middleton

States of Poetry New South Wales - Series One 22 February 2016
In black chalk the beastbrusques forward   Silence   Rubenshas stopped his mouthwith a single line     He is alreadyawed by the denhe will find himself in even nowas his mane curls into wispof emptiness     A study on paper But there in white chalk the grimpose brightensinto recognition smudged nosebent toward the scentof viewer &nb ... (read more)

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'Mouse (Wunderkammer)' by Kate Middleton

States of Poetry New South Wales - Series One 22 February 2016
Cut out a sixth of the heart.At a day old—furless,close-eyed, resembling nothingso much as an infant's thumb—he can survive it.The mouse can regrow that missing partin three short weeks. Aesop knew it:to be mouse-heartedis as good as wearingthe swagger of lion. His heartperhaps the size of a Lilliputian walnut.Barely a mouse, alreadyripped apart.He does not waitfor a Godhand to put him back ... (read more)

'Of Ash', a new poem by Kate Middleton

April 2014, no. 360 25 March 2014
Cento after Peter Steele Is this not running wild?Silk-white ashes of dream and filmnerve into drama −into darkness and its minotaur In fact, we are a pack of jokerscloaked but coldtaking to change as salamanderswere once thought to take to fire Yes, such silk-white ashes– their yield, their plenitude –may as well be rained togetherLove’s cost in a seared world ... (read more)

Kate Middleton reviews 'Liquid Nitrogen' by Jennifer Maiden

February 2013, no. 348 28 January 2013
Kate Middleton reviews 'Liquid Nitrogen' by Jennifer Maiden
Jennifer Maiden has for a long time been one of Australia’s most politically engaged poets, a commentator on the local scene and the international set alike. With her new volume, Liquid Nitrogen, Maiden continues on from her previous books Friendly Fire (2005) and Pirate Rain (2010), with more poems centred on the journalist George Jeffreys, and further poetic conversations between Hillary Clint ... (read more)
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