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Law and Order

By Jennifer Compton

He came up behind me on the street

and held a knife to my bare throat.

My bag was tucked under my arm

but I loosed my grip and let ...

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Gone today, here tomorrow

By Chris Edwards

I'm a poet of various styles 

that can be any length and my age has no limit 

and I'd like to talk to you today about crime 

schemes ...

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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 »

Crime

By Claire Gaskin

The stone of self worth

I thought I was spirit and didn't matter

A fall and a view both sides
on the ridge of wiped memory

The petals blink ...

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Eugenia Solo

By A. Frances Johnson

 

Sikka, Flores, January 1999

 

Eugenia Solo died in 1857.


The Catholics told her:


All good girls go to heaven


Does heaven have a capital Sister?


She asked, and was soundly ...

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The numbers

By Justin Lowe

Before I was ever old enough

to add them up
I had glimpsed the numbers

tiny blue spiders 
crawling just under the skin
of a gentle man

a man who ...

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Day Release

By Jennifer Maiden

Strangely, what recurred for this topic at first

was just one image : a hot bush road

in daylight, an old man and a young

waiting outside the prison gate together ...

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Beyond Omerta

By Ian McBryde

"You can feel the cold metal of the gun against

your skin. You can almost hear your heartbeat.

You're alive, really alive."

- Sam Giancana, Chicago, 1938

 

 

1. Awkward gloves ...

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Testimony

By Kate Middleton

No, I don't know how to tell it right,
you see I was never educated, not like him, the little vermin
(now you call him angel, victim, interchangeably;
but ...

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Blak-out

By Brenda Saunders

Sista' girl need money to get home Native title

case Big time! she raps edgy

 

Some story

 

Up in court

on the run

stealing stuff

 

Could be

 

She's young ...

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The Dreamworld Murders

By Jaya Savige

I

If you like
I will take you to him
The moment I saw
his body on the news
I suspected myself of murder
I will take you to the ...

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Police Informer’s Last Rites

By Ian C. Smith

He imagined eyes watching him.

Through the scarred blind he looked about

the concrete yard, saw nothing different.

The exposed front door was the only

way out, down the hall ...

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Bound for Botany Bay

By Alan Wearne

(after Blue Murder)

for Daniel Willis

 

Here fellow Aussies, good ‘n’ ready: the gospel

that accords with Neddy.

Payouts? Paybacks? Shots to dodge? Better you

check first with Rog.

Cash ...

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