Allan Lake

Originally from Saskatchewan, Allan Lake has lived in Vancouver, Cape Breton Island, Ibiza, Tasmania, Perth and, for now, Melbourne. Two collections published: Tasmanian Tiger Breaks Silence (1988) ; Sand in the Sole (2014). Lake won Elwood(Aus) Poetry Prize 2016, Lost Tower Publications(UK) Poetry Comp 2017 and Melbourne Spoken Word Poetry Festival/The Dan Competition 2018. Besides Australia he has been published in Canada, UK, USA, Mauritius, India, West Indies and Italy.


Unsteady now on those once-famous feet. Damn those rugs on top of worn carpet en route chest of drawers that connected with forehead when he tripped and fell. Retired dancer, elderly neighbour, an oak taken down, not by a gale …

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Wattlebird as poet, declaims from leafy balcony, to perceived audience, which is just me, far as I can see but bard has my attention. Wattlebird has conviction, says what only it can say to a dozy world in need of …

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Calculus of Market Day

(Capo d’Orlando, Sicily) The song of the nearby jackhammer, removing cancerous concrete – the salt the sea – is lackadaisical but I prefer it to the relentless disco beat at this cafe just outside the sweltering Thursday market. Am I …

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