Poem: Curator

Hooray, a new poem in Cordite’s ‘Obsolete’ issue:

  • Curator‘, Cordite Poetry Review, 1 Feb 2015

Poem: Who made the bird drop

This poem originally appeared in Islet, Winter 2010. Islet was a project of Island Magazine, which later ceased publishing it and did not retain the archives. I was sad that the poem, which is one of my personal favourites, was no longer available anywhere, so have republished it here.


Who made the bird drop

by Belinda Rule (c)

On the occasion of a funeral.


Who made the bird drop
into the valley like a stone,
scything the air in halves
sweet as a peach?
Who made the valley fall away
so sharp and sweet, the earth bitten open
avid and deep? Who fluffed the plush
canopy of the trees
and inked the black beneath?

Is this yours: distant thunder of laughter
from the lights behind the glass
as I stand here in the dark, apart?
What about this stone like a sickle,
small as a coin? This leaf like a tongue?
This roaring across the valley that could be
anything. Is that you?

Guest blog post on Laurie Steed’s The Gum Wall: On Alice Munro’s Runaway

How many ways can I compare Alice Munro to a ham sandwich? A guest blog post on a favourite short story for Laurie Steed’s The Gum Wall:

Depressing The Almost Moon: The perils of loving books and lending them

A blog post from me for Meanjin’s subscriber drive:

Interview with me on the Meanjin blog

My torrid affair with Thorin Oakenshield revealed, and more, in this:

‘The Road North From Toodleton’ digital long story released + interview with me + join the book club!


‘The Road North From Toodleton’ digital long story, part of the Amanda Lohrey Selects Series from Spineless Wonders, is now available for purchase for $0.99. Or you can subscribe to the series and receive all twelve stories for $9.99. Blurb and purchase info (for pdf format) at Spineless Wonders or if you prefer other formats, Blurb and epub and mobi formats from Tomely.

You can also join the Spineless Wonders Bookclub on facebook, where you can sometimes score freebies, and where I will be available for your questions and general gratuitous persecution on Thursday, 13 February 2014 at 8:00pm (Australian EST).

There is also an interview with me on the Spineless Wonders website in which I bang on about my writing process, why I like long stories better than short, and gender in Australian literary culture.

Final Round of Meanjin Tournament of Books: Breath vs Sea Hearts

I was a final round judge for the Meanjin Tournament of Books 2013, and here is my faintly ridiculous report. Will it be Winton or Lanagan?!

Reading on the Meanjin podcast (and poem online): ‘Poem of a new driver’

Huzzah, I’m on the Meanjin podcast for September 2013, reading ‘Poem of a new driver’.

This poem is now also available on the Meanjin website: Poem of a new driver.

Poem: ‘The deep water: On rape’, Montreal International Poetry Prize Long List Anthology, 2013

Poem: ‘The deep water: On rape’ appears in Montreal International Poetry Prize Long List Anthology 2013.

Join the bookclub for Amanda Lohrey Selects ebook long stories, persecute me, and win!

My story ‘The Road North From Toodleton’ is coming out soon as an e-single in Spineless Wonders’ Amanda Lohrey Selects series.

Join the facebook bookclub for this series for chances to get free copies of the stories. First live discussion event is 8 August 2013. Also you can persecute me when my story is up for discussion in a wee while…