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5th March 2020

Celebrating poems by women this International Women's Day

By Red Room Poetry

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In recognition of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating women and the poetry they create. Red Room Poetry is proud to host the largest online collection of Australian poetry, showcasing a diverse array of voices.

In 2019, we commissioned 55 women poets to create new poetic works across the spectrum of our projects.
 
Today, we give our thanks to these remarkable poets, and proudly share a selection of their poems.
 
 
Extinction Elegies
 
Mal de la mer, or I walked the island searching for you’ by Michelle Cahill
 
A collection titled THE EXTINCTION OF KINDNESS’ by Ali Cobby Eckermann
 
 
Poetry in First Languages
 
Gugagara’djanaba’ by Nicole Smede
 
Bugiya, Naway, Burradja (Yesterday, today and tomorrow)’ by Lyndsay Urqhart
 
Gibam Garandalehn (Full Moon)’ by Ellen Van Neerven
 
calbunyas initiation’ by Kaitlen Wellington
 
 
Red Room Poetry Fellowship
 
O, Australia’ by Jeanine Leane
 
The lifeguard is taxed’ by Susan Bradley Smith
 
Initial Impressions of a Pakistani-Australian in London’ by Maryam Azam
 
Blue Carbon’ by Caitlin Mailing
 
Hear/Not here’ by Tricia Dearborn
 
My father’s portrait’ by Sarah Rice
 
Transitional’ by Jessica L Wilkinson
 
 
Punch Lines: Poets Play Duchmap
 
The Bush’ by Evelyn Araluen
 
one can look at seeing; one cannot hear hearing’ by Pascalle Burton
 
 
Poetry on The Block
 
Pivot’ by Nikki Gemmel
 
Our Children’ by Gloria Demillo
 
 
New Shoots
 
In Search of the Meelup Mallee’ by Nandi Chiina
 
Karri (or, Slow Arrival in Karri Country)’ by Renee Pettitt-Schipp
 
 
Poetry Object
 
Ode to a Wooden Spoon’ Arielle Cottingham
 
Forever, Flag’ by Claire G Coleman
 
The Candle’ by Eleanor Jackson
 
To my tent’ by Jacqui Malins
 
 
HOME’ by Sara Saleh
 
 
A Sweatshop in a Red Room
 
Sri Lanka Quietly Fades’ by Christine Shamista
 
An Act of Charity in Islam’ by Abeny Mayol
 
Tinder Scheme’ Merynah Khodr
  

Go to our poem library to explore more poems by women poets over the years >