Clive James: 'A Silent Speech by Julia Gillard'

Clive James
Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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.

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'Blush', a new poem by Cameron Lowe

Cameron Lowe
Monday, 15 December 2014

The sudden blush on us        you move
as wind sweeps across blue water
you move       the clouds

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'Axis 12. Addenda', a new poem by A.J. Carruthers for Pam Brown

A.J. Carruthers
Monday, 15 December 2014

for C.                 
                                        d, undrilled
    Had it been
wanted                       how had  

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'Time Watch', a new poem by Tina Kane

Tina Kane
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Year after year I say I have no time.
Thinking of you now as I pass by the Riverside Cathedral
I remember how year after year we made time for lunch –
you standing under the big vase of flowers where we would meet
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'Rent Time', a new poem by Gig Ryan

Gig Ryan
Tuesday, 25 November 2014


Anywhere’s more homely
than this field day to mortality,
accumulating severances
that wrangle distance
like before and after’s rosary of rue.

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'The Art of the Fugue', a new poem by Stephen Edgar

Stephen Edgar
Tuesday, 25 November 2014

So, summoned by that call across the wide
And complicated city, pressed
And yet reluctant to arrive,
We found among the ranks of the distressed,

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'Danger: Lantana', a new poem by Ross Clark

Ross Clark
Friday, 21 November 2014

sampling Jeffrey Harrison’s ‘Danger: Tulip’,
from Ploughshares, Winter 2006–07

Was I hoping to find my way to the creek, loud
with unseasonal rain, and to see, perhaps,

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'Lost Property', a new poem by Tracy Ryan

Tracy Ryan
Friday, 21 November 2014

To be alone in the wide room
in the house’s crooked elbow, turning point
for extensions as the family grew
and grew – and grew – to be alone in the one room
nobody needed now, though it might be resumed
like land, for guests or blow-ins, at any moment,
without notice (and that was part of
the appeal, the very tenuous feel of the place) to play the ...

2007 Porter Prize winner: 'Sanctum' by Alex Skovron

Alex Skovron
Thursday, 20 November 2014

So there he was in the library, crouched above the floor
      like a mousetrap, squinting into his rickety parallel edition
of the Satires. The paperback was from the late fifties;

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(Italian, c.17th; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)

Life breathes in this painting like a child
pretending not to be awake,

or a skink metamorphosed to a stone
but for the flutter in its flank.

You have to lean and listen for the heart
behind the shining paint,

the lips half-open, and the glittering eye.

Velvet of the night. A ba ...