poems in print

Here are samples of some of my poems in print.

An excerpt from 994.231 (General History / Australia / Adelaide) published in RABBIT #16. The original version of this sequence was written as part of the SA Spoken Word / Adelaide City Library Poet-in-Residence project.

When a friend fell off her bicycle on the foreshore at Glenelg,
everyone thought it would be the end of her. “Watch out for sharks!”
we advised, just in case she listened. “They love the smell of blood!”
Seagulls swooped for pie crusts, chip-squash, gravel-grazed gumdrops,
casual sandwich orphans, ignored furtive intercepting flight paths,
veered north or south or secretly seaward, to the west.

I remember the huge mahogany cabinets at my great-aunt’s farm.
Fairies danced behind a hidden upper shelf, saved us from tigers,
fork-tongued goblins, dragons hissing an excess of supremely evil plans.
She baked our favourite cakes, green cakes, purple cakes, reminded us,
implored us to keep our toenails clean, tie our shoes on tight, to stop
those jindy bugs gnawing into our feet, devouring our curdled brains.