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…because he believes that dreams are fragile
and shouldn't be disturbed.

           ~ excerpt from "The Great Displaced" by Omar Musa


The Disappearing

The Disappearing is a project that (literally) maps poetry to place. As an ongoing project, The Disappearing uncovers poetry’s invisible currents in the world around us. Using geo-location to map poetry to place, the project charts fragmentary histories, impressions and memories, encouraging readers to interact in a non-linear way. Not only is The Disappearing a travel-sized library of poems about places, it is also an alternative travel guide that preserves and shares experiences, emotions and ideas that vanish over time.

In 2016, we launched The Disappearing 2.0 with new content inspired by Western Sydney and regional NSW.  Poets include John Muk Muk Burke, Joel Ephraims, Jeanine Leane, Berndt Sellheim, Omar Sakr.

 How to Submit to The Disappearing

We're currently accepting submissions and can include audio recordings, images and brief descriptors of your poem linked to a vanishing place. All poems are tagged using Google Maps’ geo-tags.

For more information, or to upload poems please contact

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 The Disappearing on ABC Radio National

A special Poetica feature on The Disappearing, including readings by poets Kim Cheng Boey, Adam Aitken, Rachael Mead, Andy Kissane, Kate Lilley, Omar bin Musa, Juan Garrido-Salgado, Brett Dionysius, and Judi Morison. Listen to the podcast here

 The Disappearing Learning Resource

The Disappearing Learning Resource offers students an authentic publication mode for both poetry and descriptive writing that maps ideas and memories of place. Workshops utilising this resource allow participants to interact with this live map as well as create and publish original works that address multimodal requirements of the Australian Curriculum: English. 
The Disappearing at Tennant Creek Writers' Camp
The Disappearing at Blakehurst High School



Find out about upcoming Disappearing workshops and readings on our event calendar



The Disappearing is made possible with support from Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts