'Out of Bounds' by Debi Hamilton

Last week I received an envelope in the mail, the address written in my father’s hand. My heart accelerated a little and it struck me as unseemly, at my age and in my circumstances, to be still so easily rattled by a parent.

The envelope was light – inside I found only a newspaper clipping and a small note. I spread them out on the kitchen bench. A friend was staying with me – a recent acquaintance – and I had the odd experience of my new life moving about the room while my old, half-buried life rose up out of the newspaper print.

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Debi Hamilton

Debi Hamilton

Debi Hamilton is a Melbourne writer, poet and psychologist. She has won several awards and commendations for her writing, and a number of her short stories, non-fiction pieces and poems have been published in various journals, and anthologies, including Australian Love Poems 2013 and Australian Love Stories. Her first collection of poetry, Being Alone, was published in 2013. In 2014 Debi was runner-up in the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize, and went on to be awarded equal first place in the Newcastle Poetry Prize. She lives in Melbourne.

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