'A Thousand Characters' a new poem by Luke Beesley

Luke Beesley

after Koch/Cohen, Malley/Breton, Roussel!

This, too, is about a thousand characters. It’s much like the
last one. I wouldn’t even read beyond the following sentence.
The following sentence is a silky thing – purple in the late
day, drizzled in afternoon fog. Inside a microwave oven is

'The Possibility of Loss' a new poem by Jennifer Maiden

Jennifer Maiden

Obama has said that the person with whom he would most like to dine is Gandhi.

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'Pope Pinocchio's Angels' a new poem by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell

    Angels are made from banksia. They are grown in Prague, are
Exported in all directions, and turn grey in air. They
Only fly in places where the ground is hard. If
You try to count them they turn into numbers. If
You try to call them they turn into names. They
Are not decorative at parties but illustrative, of Guernica, for example

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'Weight' a new poem by A. Frances Johnson

A. Frances Johnson

It is a kind of sleep we must learn,
seasonal as spiders, our bodies
weights no web can hold.

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'Net' a new poem by Alice Allan

Alice Allan

sparrow strung up
one foot knotted
in an accidental
backyard trap

I bury her
neck soft as ribbon

all year
she crouches at my
kitchen table

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'The Things the Mind Sees Happen' a new poem by Belinda Rule

Belinda Rule

They are stored in a box,
jewelled eggs:

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Geoff Page: 'Seeing People'

Geoff Page

Seeing people who remind you
just a little of the dead
is always mildly disconcerting –

something in the face, the gait,
the shoulders from behind,
those likenesses that don’t surprise

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Tina Kane: 'Time Watch'

Tina Kane


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Gig Ryan: 'Rent Time'

Gig Ryan

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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