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.
Triptych: Post Traumatic Relationship Syndrome
By Gabrielle Journey Jones1. P.T.R.S
Pretend you're okay
Tell no-one the truth
Turn the Light On
By NookyI was haunted by a past that polluted my heart,
but the fire in my eyes light a path out of the dark,
it comes for you at your weakest and that’s when you need to fight strong, trust me I’ve been there before I know the night's long
but when you’re trapped in the dark you just need to turn the light on.