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cell safety

By Claire Albrecht

when you rub your eyes
deep with long fingernails
you feel the push and pull
of the rubbing tides
these slippery, wet pools
inside your skull, you rub
and rub ...

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the poem begins with a breathing reef

By Eunice Andrada

 

a new cemetery blooms                     in the heat
 
 
            we search                    for the last traces of colour
 
 
                                       among ivory skeletons
 
 
                       beyond us                               our plastic descendants
 
 
                                    float                 further                           than we ever could
 
 
                                    how ...

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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 »

answer

By Eunice Andrada

during the crescendo of the blaze
the sky is a memory of water
 
 
                                                  elsewhere       a country of rain
                                                  where water visits without
                                                  invitation
 
                                                  its deluge of questions
                                                  flowing back to ...

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sanctuary

By Eunice Andrada

for the Murray-Darling Basin
 
 
clusters of cod float
             on their sides, shaping                        a new absence
 
 
iridescence draining
             from ancient scales                            under the sun
 
 
another year of drought                                 manufactured
             by the ...

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Rainclouds are capricious

By Magdalena Ball

This is the last love song, I swear
watching your slow demise 
on someone else’s television.
 
Ice cubes popping
make a watery song
soothing and deadly
on an invisible ...

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Barrier Reef

By JV Birch

(formerly Great)
 
The map is neatly new. The paper, parchment. An artist’s impression. Picture book perfect. Not to be used as a navigational aid. I travel the length of ...

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How Water Works

By Tony Birch

cup a hand
skin and bone
this water well
a beating heart
of molecules life
one    two    three
thousand years
 
twice daily rises
to gently fall again
flow stories asking ...

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Black Ophelia

By Tony Birch

deny the cross
the holy word
deny the gun
 
the wire and hoe
caste and colour
theft of ground of bodies
 
go and be and be
with the drifting river ...

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Birrarung Billabong

By Tony Birch

Sitting with your open coffin thinking and not thinking I want to be with the world and you. I knock against the grain of wood and want to know if ...

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Pellucid dreaming

By Anne Casey

I
 
To be as complete as the greater part    of your self
               composed
 
To trust without knowing    when to hang on
               how to let     go
 
To have the ability to ...

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From Initiation to Ideation

By Luke Davies

Bonfire as initiation. Nothing, not even
meaning, was ever not metaphor. Try
as I might I could not experience the slow
degranulation of sandstone into sand
and yet here the ...

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PYROCENE TRIPTYCH

By Luke Davies

I: MAHOUT, YELLING
 
Waking up to still the wind was basic
narcissism and yet the same might be said
of the mosquito seeing the balcony door
as the gateway to ...

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sun glint drift

By Anne Elvey

 

a name for what speaks     this day to
water

as creek replies 
mirror

a woman     is not the 
scene

this is private
talk

though     she witnesses a multitude of small ...

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Submerged

By Jane Gibian

Slips of fish like smears of transparence:
the lagoon shallow and humming
 
where paperbark branches scrape
in the wind near four men in the surf’s
 
wildness, ringed by extrusions ...

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what school never taught me

By Shona Hawkes

 

how long it takes to heal a barren riverbank 
how to keep the faith that the water birds will return
how to train your eyes to see a flash of ...

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When Dolphins Bring Gifts

By Anna Jacobson

These creatures sense changes
in currents ~ during the pandemic,
dolphins bring gifts ~ sea-treasures
to lure disappearing humans back ~
sea sponges, barnacled bottles, coral.
 
For cod, dolphins wash ashore
King Neptune ...

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We are the Stars and the Sea

By Paris Lay-Yee

They tell us we’re made of bones and skin.
Of cells and blood and genes.
 
But what they mean to say is
that there is
stardust
in our veins ...

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