A Silent Speech by Julia Gillard

High dungeon was a feeling I knew well
When mockery from men weighed on my soul.
As your Prime Minister I went through hell,
If I can say so without hyperbowl.

Triumphant now in power, the men of hate
Who howled that I was unfit for command
Make prejudice a tenant of the state.
Don’t speak to me about the Taliband:

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Clive James

Clive James

Clive James is a critic, poet, author, television performer, journalist, and lyricist. He was born and raised in Sydney, where he attended Sydney University. In 1961 he immigrated to England where he studied at Cambridge University. Since this time he has produced many collections of essays and volumes of autobiography, four novels, and a collection of travel writing, all while working as a prominent television performer. Since 2001 his poetry has often appeared in Australian Book Review.