Hello Dolly (Rebecca Jessen)

It is at once an ordinary and extraordinary Sunday. I am at home in Toowoomba with my girlfriend, and most of the daylight hours are spent assembling an IKEA flat pack bed. A task not to be underestimated. There are sore muscles and coffee cravings by the afternoon. There is a much-needed trip to a […]

Verity La Reviews

Reading in an Undiscovered Library: Pulse – Prose Poems as Collaboration

Review by Lucy Alexander Edited by Robyn Cadwallader The woman has borrowed arms and legs. She walks on a tightrope in front of the watching crowd. They stand back as in- structed, and do not attempt to become a bigger part of what is happening… It is difficult to find an adequate definition of prose […]

Discoursing Diaspora

TRUTH IN THE CAGE (Mohammad Ali Maleki)

You can find my whole life in my poems like a letter to God —Mohammad Ali Maleki Translated by Manus Island detainee Mansour Shoushtari  Edited by Michele Seminara and Marilyn Beech A Dream of Death My dears, I know these are stories are old: but please, I ask you, listen. I was once young and […]

Heightened Talk

family portrait (Dave Drayton)

  at first we were individual laugh at a cherub flashing gang signals so young that an assistant had to fold & knot those chubby thighs cross-legged but once the count can or is stop/ped                                     the tubes are tied        the sheets of Vagifem                                                                             and Cenestin emptied                                                                             into pillboxes it’s time to assemble the ranks in uniform […]

from the vault

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