Our Lady Godiva
(Laura McPhee-Browne)  

I was the kind of kid who made it hard for people to like me. That’s what my dad always said, to my face in front of any old person on the street, and on the phone when he knew I could hear and when he didn’t. ‘Doesn’t know when to stop,’ he’d say, ‘isn’t […]

Heightened Talk

two horse race (Ashley Capes)

whenever I catch a glimpse of them warming up for another round of backchat I feel all the politics run out of me i n cartoon speech bubbles filled with Z’s and I swear my tongue is now covered i n revolutionary posters I add moustaches and generous splashes of red to them I see […]

Heightened Talk

servant elitism2 (Lachlan Brown)

coal seems to be an economic formality but it’s just another charred paradigm the pogram gift figit fight if it bleeds we can (yes) sell it as china tries to avoid the asian century we had to have your morality subsidises this flagship capital deploys how to vote cards bright deceit meaning it’s ok it’s […]

Lies To Live By

Two Ducks (Daniel Young)

We sat at a picnic table, enjoying the morning sunlight, holding hands tentatively, ready to draw them apart if somebody passed by. A clear mountain stream flowed past us over a smooth bed of pebbled rocks, bisecting the park. Two ducks had followed us across the road, waddling serenely before gathering at our feet, preening […]

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