States of Poetry Western Australia - Series One

Series One of the Western Australian States of Poetry anthology is edited by Lucy Dougan and features poetry by Carolyn Abbs, Kia Groom, Graham Kershaw, Charmaine Papertalk-Green, J.P. Quinton, and Barbara Temperton. Read Lucy Dougan's introduction to the anthology here.

States of Poetry Western Australia - Series One

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | State Editor's Introduction by Lucy Dougan

Lucy Dougan

'Poetry is a necessity of life ... It is a function of poetry to locate those zones inside us that would be free, and declare them so.'  C.D. Wright

 

How does Western Australia look or sound to the rest of the country? In this selec ...

States of Poetry - Western Australia | About Carolyn Abbs

Australian Book Review
Carolyn Abbs grew up in the south of England, and now lives in Fremantle, Western Australia.

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘At the house where my father was born’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs

'It hurts to go through walls, it makes you sick,
but it's necessary.' − Tomas Tranströmer

I'd expected a labyrinth of small dark rooms, yet
the house was lit marigold         scooped out like a ...

States of Poetry 2016 - Western Australia | ‘Orphan’s Boot’ by Carolyn Abbs

Carolyn Abbs

(found in rubble beneath a church — New Norcia)

Distempered walls crowd in cold at the old
schoolroom, resonant with the chant of times
tables, scrape of chalk on slate; a nun might
have leant over a child, white dust on her cuff.

This afternoon, light fr ...

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