Belle Ling

Belle Ling received her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her first poetry collection, A Seed and a Plant, was shortlisted for the HKU International Poetry Prize 2010. Her recent poetry manuscript, Rabbit-Light, was awarded Highly Commended in the 2018 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. Another manuscript, Grass Flower Head, was shortlisted for the First Book Poetry Prize of Puncher and Wattmann in 2018. In 2018, her poem '63 Temple Street, Mong Kok' was a co-winner of the Peter Porter Poetry Prize held by the Australian Book Review.

Nebulous Vertigo

It is one of the days that I sit here like an abyss. The sky, soft and introspective, my mind opens a gap that opens another gap that is not simply air, but a circling coolness when shame jars the …

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Dining Alone

The sky watches like yesterday. The stars haven’t finished predicting. The door doesn’t drag on— A fly, sprawled, pushes to enter. The candles bruise their souls, the wind, outside, refrains from stepping in once more. Dinner comes, doesn’t know where …

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