'Roo Tails' by Ellen van Neerven | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

The ground felt like it did when it's about to storm. My feet were brown and my big toe blistered. My grandmother was talking to my grandfather. A wet patch on my grandmother's back. Her hands roping those tails along the fence.

She turned to me and I saw her. Grey. A little heavy. Everything I came here for. A magpie flew lower.

Ellen van Neerven

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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.