Poems

Andy Kissane: 'The Bluetongue as an Answer to the Anxiety of Reputation'

Andy Kissane
23 July 2014

Three bluetongues reside in our steep bush garden
of sandstone ledges and the stumps of fallen trees.
One is content to doze under a rock while around her
everyone chatters; one lost the pointy end of its tailMore

Alamgir Hashmi: 'Happenings'

Alamgir Hashmi
28 May 2014

Her mother remembers how in the end
she died of third-degree burns from a kitchen fire,
and she can’t get over it, the cup of tea
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Simon West: 'Roman Bridges'

Simon West
28 May 2014

The springing point was where they took off from,
where the impost, set on good footings,
joined the arch and assured its leap and span
of water’s being the ... More

Jennifer Maiden: 'White Cyclamen'

Jennifer Maiden
28 May 2014

Nothing is whiter,
like clouds with the sun inside them.
Nothing is smoother,
like clouds and the moon beside them.
But they aren’t pure either.
There is lily-green underside them.
This is the start of an ASIO poem.
Borges said living under dictators
made him expert at metaphors.
But lyricism is direct, adores
the physical, the real. ... More

Eileen Chong: City Lights: San Francisco

Eileen Chong
28 May 2014

For H. Tamvakeras

I was reading a poem in that upstairs sunlit room
when I looked up and thought I saw ... More

Fleur Adcock's new poem

Fleur Adcock
29 April 2014

Take the Dasslers, for example: even with
a buggy and two horses they were walking –
leaving it all, turning their backs, quitting

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Chris Wallace-Crabbe's new poem

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
29 April 2014

What you say
about poetry
could very well
be stone-
cold factual
because this art
can serve you up
truth without even
so bloody much as
actors or make-up.

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Kevin Brophy's new poem

Kevin Brophy
29 April 2014

Now you have seen the elephant and heard
from an ex-student who blogs an elegy
to his lost left leg (his transfemoral amputation),
and a friend (you visit him in emergency)
has misplaced his memory, his lost confirmation –
and doctors talk of a Global Psychogenic Fugue:
write down what this means in 250 words or less

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2014 Porter Prize Shortlist

Paul Kane et al.
27 April 2014

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize – now open to all poets writing in English – is one of our most prestigious prizes of its kind. Read this year’s four shortlisted poems.

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Reading the Greek Myths

Judith Bishop
27 March 2014

for Sophie

You are seething; I am worried.
We have read the Greek myths.

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