Chloë Callistemon

Chloë Callistemon is a photographer, filmmaker and writer. Her poetry has begun to be published in journals and anthologies in Australia and internationally including Rabbit, Cordite and Australian Love Poems 2013. Her unpublished manuscript was shortlisted for the 2013 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize.

in the chair

please sit in the chair in the marked red square please wait in your car please stand behind the red line please sit in the chair in the marked red square in the grey room with the grey floor with …

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Photographing ‘Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori …

Photographing ‘Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid – Land of All’ Queensland Art Gallery 2016 at the end of the tour the crowd is a cove curled around your son who speaks with love so quiet the ripple of whispers …

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Carica papaya No Need To Argue, French Vanilla ice cream and tear-dry eyes I will taste as I hear, hear as I taste for the rest of my life Walk Two Moons, pawpaw with lime, and for once, not me …

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All the Birds Between Us

What happens when birds fall? Do birds always fall? a broken jet wing fills the river-flat today What if a bird fell between us? let it be swift old cat How many birds would it take to spin a cyclone? …

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We Bury Not Burn

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Eolophus roseicapilla when car tyres were tall you cracked a galah’s neck in a ditch because you’d hit it with the car but it wasn’t dead so you cracked its neck in a ditch out of mercy you cracked it’s …

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A Bird’s Guide to Flight: Instructions

Instructions 1. Grow primaries from finger cuticles. 2. Sprout alula along the tops of thumbs. 3. Plant a bed of coverts to hang from arms. 4. Seed scapular feathers along shoulder blades and axillaries in armpits. 5. Fuse clavicles and …

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