Poem

'Zero Degrees' by John Hawke

John Hawke
26 October 2016

Rags of snow unmelting on the southern lawn.
Those younger ones, whose death turns

on the hair’s-breadth incidence of accident,
avoid this perduration of slow misrecognition.

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'The Grey Parrot' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
24 October 2016

The far city must make itself known
even here in the sitting room and
barred by winter branches. The skyline

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'Home' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
24 October 2016

The far city must make itself known
even here in the sitting room and
barred by winter branches. The skyline ...

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'Francis Bacon Created Australian Literature' by Stuart Cooke

Stuart Cooke
26 September 2016

His feet were stubborn
on the frozen path.
He put it into His hand, then ...

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'Alarms' by Jill Jones

Jill Jones
23 September 2016

Miracles are not like tempests.
Furlongs are not like hedgerows
though they come close ...

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'The Worst of It' by Sarah Holland-Batt

Sarah Holland-Batt
23 September 2016

As I combed it,
he sat cross-legged
in front of me ...

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'The Changing Room' by Sarah-Holland Batt

Sarah Holland-Batt
23 September 2016

We tread the wood in J. Crew,
pluck grey seersucker and navy cashmere
and talk about dressing for the seasons ...

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'Smartraveller' by Tracy Ryan

Tracy Ryan
24 August 2016

Just knowing those colours makes it safer
already and how they'll change anyway by the time
you, thirteen now, are old enough for elsewhere: ...

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'Indexing Emily' by Bill Manhire

Bill Manhire
24 August 2016

The dead gaze back across their special days:
cloud above clover, crisis above the crow ...
Such new horizons, yet they still approach. ...

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ABR Laureate's Fellowship: extract from 'Satan Repentant' by Michael Aiken

Michael Aiken
25 July 2016

Set in the modern day, Satan Repentant is a book-length poem about revenge, resentment, and remorse, telling a new myth of what would happen if Satan tried to apologise and atone for all his crimes. Through that story, it explores ideas of power, of authority to judge right and wrong, and the dignity and shame that can be attached to admitting fault or insi ... More

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