• Nadia Rhook,  Poetry

    Two Poems from boots by Nadia Rhook

    Nadia Rhook is a white settler historian, educator and poet. Her poetry is inspired by her work as a historian as much as it is by her life experiences and family histories.   Click on the sound files below to hear Nadia Rhook read two poems from her debut collection  boots ( UWAP, 2020).   Like “a compulsory streak of lightning in an optional summer sky”, Nadia Rhook’s poems speak to the regrets of memory and the terrors of complicity – Rashida Murphy   granddad’s anger ES · graddad’s anger   The poems in Nadia Rhook’s boots grapple head-on with what it means to write as a settler in a…

  • Mikaela Nyman

    Mikaela Nyman – Multilingual Poet and Author

    Mikaela Nyman is an award winning multilingual writer and poet from the autonomous  Åland Islands in Finland who is currently based in New Plymouth in New Zealand. Her debut novel Sado draws on her experience of living in Vanuatu and being part of the recovery effort post-Cyclone Pam.  Her PhD in creative writing from Victoria University (Wellington) focussed on rhetorical alliance and collaboration with Ni-Vanuatu writers; one of her collaborative poems was published in Sport 47. Mikaela’s English language  works have featured in Turbine | Kapohau, Sport, Blackmail Press, Sweet Mammalian, Minarets and Strong Words 2019: The Best of the Landfall Essay Competition.   In 2019 her first poetry collection, När vändkrets läggs mot vändkrets (Ellips) was published in…

  • Poetry

    Eulogy for Hasan by Alan Fyfe

      “Eulogy for Hasan” was shortlisted for the prestigious Judith Wright Poetry Prize in 2019 and later published in Overland.  If you liked this poem, you may also want to read Alan’s prose poem “Ocean”. Listen to Alan introduce and read the poem by clicking on the SoundCloud link below. ES · Eulogy for Hasan By Alan Fyfe       “I don’t think there’s anything currently happening in Perth quite as exciting as Alan’s writing.” – Lucy Dougan       About the poet: Alan is an award-winning  Jewish writer from Mandurah, the unceded country of the Binjareb Nation, and his poetry and prose have been featured in various…

  • Talya Rubin

    Talya Rubin and The Pandemic Poetry Project

      Welcome to a New Day If the cherry tree were in blossom like this always, maybe we would not weep at the losses the silences. How a boat moored in the harbour is quiet now. A friend inside it, or not inside it eats dumplings, sips soup, sleeps away from the people she loves in case by breathing too closely on their soft skin, too near to be safe she kills them. A white bloom is sudden, a shock of life, like birth, like the birth of a little girl in my arms, something uncertain and beautiful as a cloud or the sun triumphant from behind a cloud. “Welcome…