Ellen van Neerven

Nathanael Pree reviews 'Comfort Food' by Ellen van Neerven, 'Year of the Wasp' by Joel Deane, and 'Invisible Mending' by Mike Ladd

Nathanael Pree
30 November 2016

Ellen van Neerven, Joel Deane, and Mike Ladd present poems about journeys, recovery, and healing, from comfort food to the experience of a stroke, within overlapping landscapes as palimpsests for their respective pathways.

Reciprocity through feeding runs through Ellen van Neerven’s first collection (Comfort Food, University of Queensland Press, $ ... More

States of Poetry 2016 QLD Podcast | 'Love and Tradition' by Ellen van Neerven

18 May 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Ellen van Neerven reads her poem 'Love and Tradition' which features in the 2016 Queensland anthology.

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States of Poetry 2016 QLD Podcast | 'Roo tails' by Ellen van Neerven

18 May 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Ellen van Neerven reads her poem 'Roo tails' which features in the 2016 Queensland anthology.

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States of Poetry 2016 QLD Podcast | 'Chips' by Ellen van Neerven

18 May 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Ellen van Neerven reads her poem 'Chips' which features in the 2016 Queensland anthology.

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States of Poetry 2016 QLD Podcast | 'Bricks and Lightning' by Ellen van Neerven

18 May 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Ellen van Neerven reads her poem 'Bricks and Lightning' which features in the 2016 Queensland anthology.

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States of Poetry 2016 QLD Podcast | 'Buffalo Milk' by Ellen van Neerven

18 May 2016

In this episode of Australian Book Review's States of Poetry podcast, Ellen van Neerven reads her poem 'Buffalo Milk' which features in the 2016 Queensland anthology.

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'Love and Tradition' by Ellen van Neerven | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

Ellen van Neerven
09 March 2016

for Aunty Nancy Bamaga

rising sea
takes and
breaks into backyards
to trouble families

we cannot live
with the seas in our bellies
we cannot rest
with the sea at our legs

the tide
is coming
to stroke
our dead

we want to know
who unplugged
our island
of childhood

island
of love and tr ... More

'Buffalo Milk' by Ellen van Neerven | States of Poetry Queensland - Series One

Ellen van Neerven
09 March 2016

Suck until you burn the room
and the heat numbs
reduced to a sound
wet
like the come and go
of the ocean
water enters
my hand in your hair
my hand
if you leave me childless
this will be yours alone
these marks you make
openings, persuasions
of the woman I will become

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

Ellen van Neerven
09 March 2016

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.

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

Ellen van Neerven
09 March 2016

Can I say
white people really bore me sometimes
to be exact
I grow tired with what's unmentioned
idling in surf club bathrooms
nothing wrong with the chips
but they're talking about Tasmania
my thoughts haunted by islands
maybe I'm dying
I've too many chips
teeth like stones
take me to be flossed
and cleaned
I need new soles
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