'Bricks and Lightning' by Ellen van Neerven | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

It seems I'm always walking
into the scene of a crime
moustached copper
and fuck-off tape
don't look too closely
you won't be able to sleep
I'm new to this building
I live now by the river where
the ducks look like shoes
in the water
I go to the department store
we used to frequent
I look at grocery receipts
to see how I'm saving
and sometimes I get so lonely
I can barely stand it
tonight I wanted you
like the rain wanted the streets
my building was one of two
struck by lightning
a chunk off the top
spilt bricks on the road
I am marked
drop a Google pin into my heart
like they say in Alice
when the Todd floods
this must mean I'm staying

Ellen van Neerven


Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is a young Yugambeh woman from South-East Queensland. Her first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), was awarded the 2015 Dobbie Award and the 2013 David Unaipon Award, and was also shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Her next book, a poetry collection, Comfort Food, is a highly anticipated 2016 release. She lives and works in Brisbane, as managing editor of the black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project.

Comments (1)

  • Leave a comment

    This is beautiful work. I've just been reading the others of Ellen's poems on this site, very impressed. A true poet; straight through skin and flesh to touch the core. I'm going to seek her out in bookshops.

    Wednesday, 18 October 2017 01:26 posted by Anne-Louise Luccarini

Leave a comment

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.

NB: If you are an ABR Online subscriber or contributor, you will need to login to ABR Online in order to post a comment. If you have forgotten your login details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to comments@australianbookreview.com.au. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.