Damen O’Brien

Damen O’Brien

Damen O’Brien was joint winner of the 2017 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. Hi poem ‘Carpool’ was longlisted in the 2021 Porter Prize.

'Carpool', a poem by Damen O’Brien

September 2021, no. 435 23 August 2021
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, the rain blew youinto the backseat, steaming and boisterous, my quiet sonand you his not-friend-Dad-we-only-share-some-classes,or late evenings, sunset dampening down the final laparound the oval, falling into the backseat, grass-stained andsweaty, for a grunt or two about school and other tyranniesand then we’d have the radio on for the trip to your house,or my ... (read more)