writing

Breezeblocks

Last listened in back lanes, dust billowing in headlights, vest red goon splatter kidneys aching, piss sharp needles automatic gears …

Robin Redbreast

It may not be fashionable, but it certainly is nice to go to bed at 11pm on a Saturday. The …

A relatively young man

The defence counsel said after reading his antecedents (16 convictions from 25 charges) “The Defendant is 27, still a relatively …

Railway sketch

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

Spring poem

I’m outside, on the corner slate flower bed purple as burst plum, conjures mother, leant, exhausted on the speckled countertop, jousting …

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 …