Poem

'Lost Property', a new poem by Tracy Ryan

Tracy Ryan
21 November 2014

To be alone in the wide room
in the house’s crooked elbow, turning point
for extensions as the family grew
and grew – and grew – to be alone in the one room
nobody needed now, though it might be resumed
like land, for guests or blow-ins, at any moment,
without notice (and that was part of
the appeal, the very tenuous feel of the place) to play the ... More

2007 Porter Prize winner: 'Sanctum' by Alex Skovron

Alex Skovron
20 November 2014

So there he was in the library, crouched above the floor
      like a mousetrap, squinting into his rickety parallel edition
of the Satires. The paperback was from the late fifties; More

2006 Porter Prize winner: 'Still Life with Cockles and Shells' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
20 November 2014

(Italian, c.17th; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)

Life breathes in this painting like a child
pretending not to be awake,

or a skink metamorphosed to a stone
but for the flutter in its flank.

You have to lean and listen for the heart
behind the shining paint,

the lips half-open, and the glittering eye.

Velvet of the night. A ba ... More

Poem of the Week - 'Man on the Moon' by Stephen Edgar (2005 ABR Poetry Prize winner)

Australian Book Review
19 November 2014

In ABR's seventh 'Poem of the Week' Stephen Edgar discusses and reads his poem 'Man on the Moon'.

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'Stranded Cactus', a new poem by Andrew Sant

Andrew Sant
30 October 2014

This cactus looks as if, on a reef,
it could be neighbour to sponge, equally at ease
under the sea – or strange as some tentacled hydra
on the window ledge, free
of quickening leaves.

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'Moth', a new poem by Debi Hamilton

Debi Hamilton
30 October 2014

Digging in the garden I found a moth
albinoed on a piece of bark by the fence.
Those were my radiation days; it was good
to lay down the spade and kneel in the soil.

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'Young Male Lyrebird at the Illawarra Treetop Fly', a new poem by Judith Beveridge

Judith Beveridge
30 October 2014

He has his medley nearly ready. He has pieced together
his own fantasia, even if just from the sound of an owl
regurgitating a pellet of bat fur, a park ranger’s
jangling keys, the creak of cable stra More

'Eiskrippe, Graz', a new poem by Jo Langdon

Jo Langdon
01 October 2014

Feel it even now: such stillness
and yet – there

they are, again:

lights in blue
air, daylight

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'Untitled', a new poem by Zoe Dzunko

Zoe Dzunko
24 September 2014

Does the for lease sign speak of anything
else than the failure of something; just as
the desert required the lake to dry. Each
dark window waiting to be turn More

'Dorothy Wordsworth', a new poem by Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson
24 September 2014

Wisps of smoke, lamplight on manuscripts.
Pages fanned across an oak stool.
The hearth absorbs the stain of living.

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