Jules Leigh Koch

'First Rough Draft' by Jules Leigh Koch | States of Poetry SA - Series Two

Jules Leigh Koch
20 February 2018

I walk through an industrial landscape
in the painful adolescent hours
before sunrise

above the sky has sobered up
but the high tensions wires
are still dripping
with conversations
long after rain has fallen

traffic lights turn
green
orange
red
city streets are wind blown
with electric light

underfoot
leaves hav ... More

'Monastery' by Jules Leigh Koch | States of Poetry SA - Series Two

Jules Leigh Koch
20 February 2018

the early morning sky
has bled out all over

the snug tiled roofs
and tranquillised gardens
of a Buddhist monastery

the air is a medley
with yellow and orange
shavings of sunlight

in the dormitory’s courtyard
well-bred leaves
are falling like penances

stone buildings stand mute
with only a monologue of prayer bells
so ... More

'Midwinter Sketch' by Jules Leigh Koch | States of Poetry SA - Series Two

Jules Leigh Koch
20 February 2018

1.
the barbed-wire sounds
of crows
has fetched out the sun
from behind
the ridge

daybreak
has saddles up
the sky

2.
along the river
the mist is chain
smoking

otherwise the only
bright moments

are the small hoof prints
of sunlight

treading
over paddocks

3.
a river
untethered ... More

'Say Cheese' by Jules Leigh Koch | States of Poetry SA - Series Two

Jules Leigh Koch
20 February 2018

Friesian cows are leaning
over the fence

their eyes are an intense study
of nothing

a bus load of Japanese tourists
stop

the cows take black and white
snap shots of them

... More

'Eulogy' by Jules Leigh Koch | States of Poetry SA - Series Two

Jules Leigh Koch
20 February 2018

When a
child
dies

A cross
is made
in woodwork

Angels
are drawn
in the art room

The school flag
is hoisted
to half mast

In the assembly hall
vases of lilies
are placed

At recess
the children sit together
a little tighter

The playground
swing has
a minute’s silence

... More

About Jules Leigh Koch | States of Poetry SA - Series Two

Jules Leigh Koch
20 February 2018

Jules Leigh KochJules Leigh Koch was born in Sydney and raised in Adelaide. He is the author of five poetry collections and has been a recipient of two South Australian Literature grants in 2008 and 2011. He has conducted poetry ... More

News from the Editor's Desk - March 2017

Australian Book Review
28 February 2017

Porter Prize

We received almost 1,000 entries in this year’s Peter Porter Poetry Prize – by far our biggest field to date. Entries came from twenty-two countries. The judges – Ali Alizadeh, Jill Jones, Felicity Plunkett – have now shortlisted More