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Moongalba

By Judith Rodriguez

Place holds the people. They wander, making a life – place is inside them,
staking its claims, reserving its treasures. 
               What place? Maybe the space by a mother, between her bed ...

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This City

By Celestine Rowe

I love this city
Creativeness, words, they flow
From the gutters to the tips of high rise buildings
Artistic alleyways
Amongst the stenched-up heaps of rubbish
Discarded from the rich ...

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The Disappearing 2.0

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By Celestine Rowe

We rose up from the darkness, where they kept us all along
We shine bright, smiling, never letting go of what could become
The vision held inside, we grab them ...

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Unnamed

By Celestine Rowe

Power to the struggle, whatever that may be
Whatever you’re feeling, rise higher
Give it all you got ‘cause you’re stronger
No matter what life throws at ya ...

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For The Young

By Celestine Rowe

It’s time for our young people to rise
Take the fight laid before us
Let’s rise to the challenges
We fight against depression, oppression, suicide
Genocide, displacement, child ...

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Rimbaud in Africa

By Bella Li

            I am sending you a bird’s head in a steel box filled with alcohol. I believe this 
           bird is unique to the Harar area; it is  known here as ...

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Last Drinks

By Aden Rolfe

 
‘Your vocation calls
& you answer it’
                              John Forbes, ‘Pacific’

 
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It’s a new century / ‘the empty future’
& we are impressed, even if inspiration has been
 
commodified as point of ...

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Damaged Glamour

By Aden Rolfe

‘Why didn’t life turn out the way it looked
in Cronulla in 1967?’ Or at least
how it does in a Go-Betweens film clip?
On the streets of this ...

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Emerald City

By Aden Rolfe

Everyone knows the story: boy meets bay, sets up
colony, steals country. Now the waterfront sets are
brighter than ever, bolstered by breakfast radio &
cameo bridge views / while backstage the ...

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The Dark Clearing

By Judith Rodriguez

Here is the shady clearing
of honour and farewell,
here the Noonuccal, neighbours,
and visitors off the ferry.
Here the piling of branches
long home for her large life
hailed ...

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From The Other Side

By Judith Rodriguez

The dead do not stay dead. There’s your Dad
teaching kids still in the voice of Oodgeroo;
for punishment, putting the kids on cut and dried
mission rations – that ...

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Names

By Judith Rodriguez

Amity

A ship under sail: a sighting: a sandy beach
offers its point to the neighbour island, offers
a watering place. A safe station, on the way 
to the redoubtable ...

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Ballad at Manifold's

By Judith Rodriguez

I remember you, Kath, the quiet woman
sat with Kate on a bench at Manifolds’:
our mandolines. Those Saturdays, the Wynnum
river-flats, a hawk circling, the ballads scored
 
for guitar ...

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Snow Like Wool, Frost Like Ashes

By Jakob Ziguras

For Stanisław Barańczak

 

Snow is false purity.
            —J.W. von Goethe

 

I: Death

 

But this is nothing. How could such nothing
stand between us [. . .]
Yes, I know you won’t ...

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Maya Angelou

By Abe Nouk

The world is a mixture of everybody, everywhere
and she was a child and shall remain so
in the eyes of those who came before her
it matters not where ...

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Summoning The River Snake

By Fiona Britton

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Summoning the river snake: a death journey in five parts
 
… in which the poet Dorothy Porter summons ...

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shoot

By Renee Pettitt-Schipp

I will not close     I will not let
                            so much as one petal curl
                                                as long as this light can reach me.

So long as the clear
                              rain falls
still ...

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