writing

Railway sketch

Railway station in a country town, flagstones wide, dark and wet with rain. Cast iron bolts suffocated by thick beige …

1st draft extract #1

I unloaded our little camping stove, which was dented and covered in spatterings of dried tomato sauce and dust, and banged …

Abortion at 19

Every time you hiccup it sounds like I’ve pulled the plug on the heroine of a horror flick just as …

Mystery

I wanted to write simply words that made sense, persistent as grime under fingernails, or ingrained as dirt in callouses of …

I’m more concerned with

whether or not I’m a good lover. I’m more concerned with whether or not I’m a good friend. I’m more …

Old Dog Love

Excuse me, would you accept this? The card is attached to a thick brown arm cut with a heavy silver …

As Is

I fumble for the USB jack, and for the keys. Everything is washed in cool light. Immediately my mug is …

The Noise of the Clock

Phone screen like a drought plain, like a thousand smacked mouths and split lips run in rivers rushing at the …

Milk Run

The car entered the lot moving slowly, its weight worked at the loose stones, tonnes of steel composed by engineers …

Yard

A white picket fence half painted, an open own mixed paint pot no label, tin, ringed grooves, copper colour rust …

CHECKMATE

Playing chess; I feel human, in the animal sense, I feel my tendons grinding and stretching- I am predictable, my …

GOOD MORNING

Everyone is on the scale, I’m told and that’s enough- sometimes contact with an eye scolds like a plate hot …

Portrait of a Teepee

mmn Maccas? 8.41 Sunday morning, Southern Australia. Inside it is hot and dark. The sun here is like an aggressive …

CHRISTMAS EVE 1996

Years ago I heard him- I swear I heard him I swear I heard the brass bells dull and grey …

DO YOU REMEMBER

Do you remember the soles of my feet saluting the sky? Do you remember when I kicked the moon with everything …

MISSING

She had come this far, against the odds, tottered down the long, wide road where she walked alone amongst the …

LIMITLESS

The fine hairs that trace her temple have snatched the weak radiance from up above, like a school of shattered pearls in tune …

EVERY MOMENT

I spied it in your eyes, caught grey and wistful and dangerous spluttering I pulled, pulled as if trying to …

CONFETTI

One less face at a leaving do, two fewer eyes to blithely scan the epigram ‘you’ll be missed’ later, the …