from the land
sing in dreams
~ Ellen van Neerven from ‘Gibam Garandalehn (Full Moon)’, Poetry In First Languages
Michelle Cahill is a Goan-Anglo-Indian poet and author who lives in Sydney. Her first collection of short stories Letter to Pessoa (Giramondo) won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing. She received the Val Vallis Award, the KWS Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition and has been shortlisted in several prizes including the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize, the Blake Poetry Prize and the Newcastle Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Meanjin, Southerly, The London Magazine, The Weekend Australian and The Kenyon Review.
Michelle was awarded the Red Room Poetry Fellowship in 2020.
By Grace TameThe same eyes
that fix on us
were closed before
Would, Could, Should
By Megan Wildingmy Sister would always tell me
that she loved my
An evening melody
By Tenzin ChoegyalThis is an evening song for you.
I know it’s difficult to be simple.
This is an evening song for you -
Like the moon in the water,
By Steven OliverSad mob, down mob, hurt mob, sorry mob
Tired mob, drained mob, used mob, weary mob,
Taken mob, forced mob, lost mob, stolen mob
Teased mob, tormented mob, bullied mob, mocked mob
sunlight and wind are free
By Ella O'Keefe, Dr Karl Kruszelnickisunlight and wind are free
a kind of ‘glue’
your loudspeaker simultaneously broadcasts
molten iron in precise quantities
For Nokutela Dube, who travelled
By Sisonke MsimangI was listening to a nice white lady celebrating the Australian elections
and she said how proud Australian women should be that they got the vote in 1902.
I corrected her and said
There’s So Much I Could Write Poetry About
By Yassmin Abdel-MagiedI could wax lyrical
a city that springs back to life
after a winter of confinement