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 Chloe WilsonKept her company. It stayed
though husbands, lovers, doctors
came and went. A thing darker in paint
than life. It sat for every portrait.
By Adam PettetBeneath cold rushing water
lies a heart shaped stone
By Kathryn HummelLet me stream you a story, one of three speeds.
Follow the shadow undulating on the wall, sticking to my circuit as I fan
out the air in predictable directions. Where should we not hurry to go?
Smoothly tilt and round and up and down and oh-so smoothly
Oyster Shell Necklace
By Ellen van NeervenI didn’t fill the bay
or make the rocks
Hear Tassie’s haunted
The small chest of sand
By Matthew HeffernanAunty with her weathered hands,
smiling face, and fettered candour
reaches out with a gift,
of my manifested mantra.
By Scott-Patrick Mitchellwhen i was a kid, i was
always conscious of my
feet…weird webbed toes
- yeah, i know…so when
A small thing
By Caitlin MalingThe cup warms and holds heat.
Foam like the milky way caught on time lapse.
The inner porcelain white, the outer blue
like a planet coming into focus.