New poem: The slow clock, in Cordite

photo of goanna on a log, side-on close-up of head and neck, with tongue out

Source: Flickr

Another new poem, out today in Cordite Poetry Review, No Theme issue (thanks Claire Gaskin ed.). It’s about camping, and features goannas and angry teenage siblings.

New poem, ‘Consolations and its discontents’, Meanjin, Winter 2019

Image of a tree-lined body of water at sunset, with stars above

Source: Meanjin

I’ve been holding off posting this in case it came out of the paywall – but it looks like it’s not going to.

Delighted to have a poem in winter Meanjin:


Poetry reading on ABC Radio National, Off Track presents Queer Out Here

Off Track presents Queer Out Here

Image: (Emma Charleston / Jonathan Working)

EXTREMELY EXCITINGLY, ABC Radio National, a.k.a. The Grownup Radio, has produced a special edition of Queer Out Here which includes my reading from Queer Out Here episode 1, Feb 2018, of two poems about place and family estrangement.

The Queer Out Here special edition aired 5am (!) this morning 16/3/2019, and will repeat Sun 17/3 1pm, Thurs 21/3 11.30am. Or the podcast is also up for download.

Text of the poems, which are previously published:

More about Queer Out Here Episode 1:

Poem: ‘Unless’ in Barrow Street 4×2

Screenshot of Barrow Street 4x2Excited to have made my first US poetry publication – in Barrow Street 4×2 of all places!

4×2 is the famous Barrow Street’s online journal for poets who have not yet published a collection.

  • Unless‘, Barrow Street 4×2, February 2019

Appearance in Meanjin Podcast Ep #6 – Summer Reading

I was one of the dorks giving their summer reading recommendations about the 20min mark in the Meanjin  Podcast Episode #6, in which Jonathan Green, Justine Hyde and Robert Lukins are being very charming on the subject of book recommendations:

The book I recommended was Ceridwen Dovey’s In the Garden of the Fugitives.

Memoir/personal essay: “All times are the same time: A response to Shannon Burns on childhood sexual assault”, Meanjin, Spring 2018

In an event reminiscent of the time I once confidently asserted I was not attracted to Tom Hiddleston, in March 2017 I wrote a blog post about how I had decided never to write explicitly about my experience of childhood sexual assault.

That was clearly an extinction burst.

My objections were to do with being uncomfortable with misery memoir i.e. the aesthetisisation or commodification of women’s suffering – I needed to have a point other than ‘look at my pain’. I found it here by responding to another piece by Shannon Burns. While it’s Burns’ right to define his own experience, I found a lot of his conclusions deeply misguided.

I’m grateful to Meanjin for their graciousness in giving me an equal platform to comment critically on something they’d published. My piece (content warnings as per the subtitle):


Poem: “The Stone” in Oxford Poetry

Delight to have a poem, “The Stone”, in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Oxford Poetry.

Poems in Meanjin – plus a podcast reading

Delighted to be reading ‘Industry, Melbourne‘, a landscape poem about heavy industry in Melbourne’s west, on the relaunched Meanjin Podcast Episode #1.

Meanjin Podcast Episode One featuring Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Belinda Rule, and Clementine Ford, Celeste Liddle and Lauren Rosewarne in conversation. Listen via iTunes or Soundcloud.

Text of the poem also appears on the website:

I also have a second poem, ‘Exile’, in the print edition:

Audio zine reading: ‘Highway, Shepparton’ and ‘Rooms’ appear in Queer Out Here

Delighted to have two readings of poems related to family estrangement appear in this audio zine. Apologies for my current asthma-medication Lady-Batman voice!

Artist statement:

Like many queer people, I am estranged from a large part of my family. We were a camping and travelling family, and I have quite a passionate relationship with the places we used to go. But the memory of family is intertwined with the memory of place, so that even when I am literally standing in the beloved place, I still feel that I am in exile. And that’s what these poems are about.

Poem: The End of Men

Cordite Poetry ReviewI have an angry poem about Melbourne public transport masturbators up today in Cordite Poetry Review‘s awesome Suburbia issue.

Readers of my twitter may recall this as the poem during whose composition my honour was deeply offended by MS Word suggesting I was trying to write ‘jazzed’ not ‘jizzed’.