Cassie Lewis

Cassie Lewis was born in Papua New Guinea to Australian parents, and travelled in South East Asia when very young. She lived in Melbourne, Australia after that. In 2000, she moved to the SF Bay Area, and later, to Western NT. Her writing has been published in Poetry, Cordite, Southerly and other places. The Blue Decodes is my most recent book, from Grand Parade Poets (2016). The Melbourne Art Song Collective used my poem Katun River as the lyrics to a series of pieces for The Debussy Project (2017). Her work appears in Best Australian Poets 2017 and a number of anthologies.

Katun River

I. This story wants to be told in bed. Its breathless subject stays awake but it is darker than us both and we are frightened. You wear your toughness like comedy. Women love the caveats, to- fix-you sadness. Collecting clusters …

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Method Actor

Feel along the wall for an opening. Din. A helicopter lands on the hospital roof. “Then prove it.” Rush of something. Walk backwards in lanyards to my hill You are there but it was never green. You are shielding your …

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Melbourne Poem

I A nightmare about two land masses, and the wind is too strong to fly across. Fashion photography of melting ice. Less and less control archeology is all upturned faces unexpected digs anthropologists stumble on thawing soldiers in mountain slough. …

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writer’s block drowns the capital in tears

We are ugly, but we are here with our poems for an unknown battle and literary news in buzzwords. Three am. Elders should be washed back and scarlet. A manhole cover lifts open. Arturo laughs so loudly he drowns the …

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Know your luck, stray from it as soon as it is known. Luminous party – despite a sky purple with rage, pummelling taxis. Formulaic, these desires seem very old and I can't stop tearing up the evidence. Life gets sodden …

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