Alison Gorman

Alison Gorman has published poetry in Meanjin, Southerly, Contrapasso, Cordite and in two recent anthologies, A patch of sun and Grieve. She was the winner of the 2016 Dorothy Porter prize. She completed a Masters of creative writing at the University of Sydney and teaches creative writing to children at the Kuringai Arts Centre.

Venus and Mars

Sandro Boticelli, c1485 Awake now. Remember our love in the shade of a wild myrtle forest. Your red, silk pallium softens our bed of bracken and leaf. The air is cool here, broken by swallow song and the hum of …

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Six years old. You are eleven. Our mother parks her boxy corolla outside the newsagent’s. The road is flat-like it’s been eyeballed with a spirit level. She counts coins from her unzipped purse, pencils the expense in her notebook and …

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