Poem

Poem of the Week - Alicia Sometimes reads 'Universality'

03 June 2016

In this episode of 'Poem of the Week' Alicia Sometimes reads 'Universality'. ABR Editor, Peter Rose, introduces Alicia who then reads and discusses her poem.

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Poem of the Week - Alexis Lateef reads 'Girl in Fremantle Bookshop'

20 April 2016
In this episode of 'Poem of the Week' Alexis Lateef reads 'Girl in Fremantle Bookshop'. ABR Editor, Peter Rose, introduces Alexis who then reads and discusses her poem. More

Poem of the Week - Graham Akhurst reads 'The Kadaitcha Sung'

20 April 2016

In this episode of 'Poem of the Week' Graham Akhurst reads 'The Kadaitcha Sung'. ABR Editor, Peter Rose, introduces Graham who then reads and discusses his poem.

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2016 Porter Prize Shortlist

Amanda Joy et al
23 February 2016
Read the five Porter Prize shortlisted poems: 'Tailings' by Amanda Joy, 'Lament for "Cape" Kennedy' by Campbell Thomson, 'Rage to order' by Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, '... a passing shower?' by Dan Disney, and 'Prelude to More

'Spring Fall' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

I see you stand with your back to me
at the French window as you did last March
looking at early flowers
yellow and crimson, pansy and primrose
peeping from their crust of snow and
above them the steel-sculpted angel
rearing from a wooden plinth: guardian
of the courtyard. In those bleak days I knew
you were reading the cemetery metaphor
of your blig ... More

'Crafting Consolation' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

Your kind friend sent a condolence card
and in the envelope a small white feather
which, she said, seemed to come from nowhere.
Angel's wings obviously, I wrote in my reply.
And for days after everywhere I went
I found small replicas, as if some tiny
feathered thing had scattered its moulting
on urban pavements, in shops and unlikely
bathrooms, a ... More

'Shell Burial' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

Without bucket or spade we build
the sandcastle, dragging and gathering
piling and patting our little Camelot.
I excavate a moat, shape a drawbridge,
a sloping road leading to the keep,
while you look for shells to decorate
the edifice, or so I thought, the way we'd
done last holiday some months ago.
But this time you have another purpose:
instead of ... More

'A Salutation' by Adrian Caesar | States of Poetry ACT - Series One

Adrian Caesar
22 February 2016

Some months after the funeral,
checking emails from the other hemisphere,
there's one from Pauline; subject: Hell.
It's not promising. My mind traverses
the last five years, their litany of loss –
a son, two friends and mentors,
then you, lovely sister, and like some grim
comedic postscript even Frankie
the cat succumbed. Suffice to say
I ... More

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