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White dwarf

By Emilie Zoey Baker

Hi, so I got one of those DNA tests done.
I wanted to find you, I guess.
Or know something about you.

Wanted to see if I’m an apple ...

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Marine Demonologist

By Michael Farrell

Washed up here they had, in a sharkskin suit
and flippers. Pants open like a devil in a wheel-
barrow. It felt rough that day, the weather: hat
blown off ...

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The Disappearing

The Disappearing has been redeveloped and we invite you to submit your poems about fading and disappeared places and spaces. Explore now »

Blueprint No. 6: Rosemount Street

By Zenobia Frost

1.
The front room is Heather’s studio, where paint still glistens on a portrait of a goon bag pegged to a Hill’s Hoist. The back verandah is a ...

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The Small-M Mother

By LK Holt

receives happily the rebukes of Rilke’s angels,
knowing how she imperfects
her each son’s epigenesis.
But she hate-watches the Sixth Elegy;
its direct address to the Fig Tree ...

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Anorexia Nervosa Verses

By LK Holt

Middle ear is the altar of the goddess of Os.
Beyond the flesh-sketched helix of outer ear
(the whole Outer’s a fruit gone bad in the bowl)

is a ...

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She Was Told To Have A Birth Plan

By LK Holt

Unlike des Esseintes’ tortoise, gold-plated
alive and inlaid with jewels, and too heavy to move,
she had a plan. Between each ‘pang’
when the world’s contracting thus
and the ...

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Cancer Verses

By LK Holt

Cancer versus accepted practice.
Cancer versus omnicompetent AI:
the Paperclip Maximiser who construes then collects:
all shall be paperclip,
every atom, every baby.

                                         Meanwhile
(
meanwhile! dying’s big ask)
there ...

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Black Swan

By Jeanine Leane

For aeons, you sailed beyond their dreams
black swan – rara avis – mythical bird
skirting shores unimagined – sailing south
of impossible under aurora Australis on
terra incognita. Land hidden east of ...

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Cycle

By Jeanine Leane

River flows
rock is solid
hill stands still
Country turns seasons
I come – walk on land
belong to Country
I grow – listen as
voices speak and fire burn
ashes scatter ...

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Exhibition

By Jeanine Leane

NAIDOC week in the national capital –
a collection at the museum displays 
the finest of Aboriginal culture to the settler nation.
Boxed, framed, encased, encapsulated artifacts,
wall to wall canvases ...

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Dream Genres

By Graeme Miles

1: More Rooms to the House

            1

He’s forgotten a door until today
in the weatherboard bungalow.
Through it there’s another wing to the house,
a ball-room from ...

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This Is How We Heal

By Scott-Patrick Mitchell

                                    i am saying to you
                                    words i say to myself
                                    words i feel you need to hear
 
                                                                        remember that you
                                                                        are vital & important
 
                                                                        that
                                                                        your voice gives
                                                                        the world
                       
                        carry ...

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after the show

By Scott-Patrick Mitchell

Spirit walks into the room
sits down beside me
nods
smiles as if smiles
have just been created
– all quark of heart where
teeth spark, celestial stars
slung between a ...

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on how to be a bird

By Scott-Patrick Mitchell

surrender. give in. have faith that jumping,
submission first, will yield results: how

else can a fledgling be expected to leave a
nest? disappointment is grounding. success

is callus: you ...

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Scenes from a Documentary

By Maria Takolander

1. Ursus maritimus (Polar Bear)

A clash of icebergs △◻⟡▷◁⟡◻▽strewn on the frozen shore.
The wind and the wandering animal ~ are dreamt
by the blinding ~ drifts of snow.

She haunts ...

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