'Songline contraband', a new poem by Samuel Wagan Watson

Samuel Wagan Watson
Friday, 26 July 2019

Authorised visits,
temporarily easing Grafton Correctional Centre blues,
a young girl walks shadow-hardened corridors to see a black inmate,
observe her little brown fingers

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Don’t feel sorry about it, if you remember
blue Darlinghurst nights like particular quilts
a generation of painters saw
before we arrived there, or found ourselves

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'Walgajunmanha All Time', a new poem by Charmaine Papertalk Green

Charmaine Papertalk Green
Monday, 22 July 2019

We write about our existence pre-invasion / And that has made us visible
We write about our existence during invasion / And that keeps us visible




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'Tangelo', a new poem by Karen Rigby

Karen Rigby
Thursday, 23 May 2019

Who doesn’t love the portmanteau
for tangerine and pomelo, or more like angel,
tango, words for wilderness ...

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'Honeywell', a new poem by Rowan McNaught

Rowan McNaught
Thursday, 23 May 2019

In a hallway with the door open, a Honeywell T87 will attempt to
equalise the temperature of the continuous (available) world. It sits
between the mirror-dresser and the coat-hook which resembles two
of four talons of a lived-in bird, like a Fiji or an Imitator goshawk ...

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'As Time Goes By', a new poem by Bella Li

Bella Li
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Tuesdays Paul comes by. He jogs up the driveway in his striped green shorts
and I’m there at the door with Ella on my hip. She’s crying, she’s teething
and drooling and crying from the pain, and some days I can’t stand it, I have ...

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'Karen Carpenter', a new poem by Charles Bernstein

Charles Bernstein
Sunday, 21 April 2019

Her voice

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'Painting the horizon', a new poem by Kristen Lang

Kristen Lang
Thursday, 18 April 2019

for Graham


Even the waves of the sea, in the distance, have turned to stone.
The blue/green rising into outcrops, ridgelines, a lone bull ...

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'Lost World Sonnets', a new poem by Bronwyn Lea

Bronwyn Lea
Tuesday, 26 March 2019


In my mind he is always half the age
I am now as he stands on a green shelf
of Razorback mountain. I will wait
for him forever in the backseat of a car,
my chin numbing on the window ledge ...

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'Flight from Manus' by Behrouz Boochani

Behrouz Boochani
Monday, 25 February 2019

I am beholding clouds
beholding dreams
… beholding the hands of a woman
… she has taken a fragment of me with her
Exactly like the force of a fork
carving out a piece of cake

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