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2007


Lunar Eclipse – a poem

puppets of vertigo under the lipsticked corpse of an eclipsed moon shadowed by us how small we are and yet our silhoette casts curved three-dimensional taint sultana or ovalteenie (i minimise it) with a light cusp a moon party – the sun is playing puppets with us it is tongue on teeth, red painted fingernail [...]

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The Outsider by Albert Camus – An ‘I’ve Always Wanted to Read That’ Review

(first published 1942) Penguin Classics, 9780141182506 (Aus, US) Mr. Meursault lives out his life fulfilling ‘natural’ physical and emotional urges. He is in a comfortable position at work and feels no need to advance himself. He has a girlfriend who he may marry, but is honestly not sure whether he loves her. He has buried [...]

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Birthday – Short Story – extract

My short story Birthday has appeared in Lip magazine #14 available from their website. Lip is a young feminist magazine, for real girls. My story is about a girl on her eighteenth birthday. She grieves for the loss of her childhood in five stages. Here is an extract: Birthday stage one Alice awoke expecting excitement [...]

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Pecking – a poem

loathed marrow jealous crystals pecking sparrows future nitpick, which way what? golden pathways human blocks tongue out for adventure feed please feed? battering cages withering away pecking at seeds

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Update – Dec 07

A bit of background and an update to regular readers – I wrote the poem (Pecking, next post) while in a relationship. Some of you know I have recently come out of this relationship. It is strange to look back on my writing when I was with him. There is no doubt that I loved [...]

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The Room by Ray Melnik

2007, 9781589615427 There are people who can write, and there are ‘writers’. Ray Melnik uses his imagination to spin a yarn around issues and interests he is passionate about. The Room is definitely readable, and interesting, but the word ‘quaint’ comes to mind. The narrative revolves around Harry, a decent man from an abusive background. [...]

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Rohypnol by Andrew Hutchinson

9781741668223, Random House Vintage, 2007 (Aus, Kindle) Rohypnol is about bad people. They follow the rules of the ‘new punk’, meaning that they can take what they want, when they want it. They are young, male, rich, and live by the motto – ‘f**k people’. The group’s main activity is spiking the drinks of women [...]

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Paint It Black by Janet Fitch

Virago, 2007 (Aus, US) If your lover ended their life, would you feel you had ever really known them? Josie Tyrell is an artist’s model and student-film actress in punk ’80s LA. She escaped her white trash upbringing for a life of parties, drugs, music and intriguing people. She met Michael, who gave up a [...]

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The Artist

Published in Slow Trains Literary Journal, November 2007. 1 Tattoos like stamped patterns on folded silk. She’d gotten them in Paris when she was eighteen, when a beggar was her friend, the concrete her pillow, and a hard knock her income. Read more…

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The Children by Charlotte Wood

9781741753356, Allen & Unwin, 2007 The perfect book for me is one that is about the extraordinariness of everyday life – the things that human beings acknowledge, and the things they deny; the amazement, comfort and simultaneous hurt in personal relationships; the wealth beneath the surface, but also the necessity of surfaces. Charlotte Wood looks [...]

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