Damen O'Brien

Damen O'Brien

About Damen O'Brien

Damen O'Brien is a Queensland poet and Contracts Manager at an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle company. He was joint winner of the Peter Porter Poetry Prize and has won the Yeats Poetry Prize, the KSP Poetry Award, the Ipswich Poetry Festival, and was shortlisted in the ACU Poetry Prize, Val Vallis Award, Newcastle Poetry Prize, John Shaw Nielson and Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize. He has previously been published in Mascara, Verity La, Stylus Lit.

What We Know About Her

the price of freedom is eternal vigilance – Thomas Jefferson What we know about her is what she gives us freely of her own will, one click wrap privacy policy at a time, swiping across the slate of her life. …

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The Land Becomes A Story I Can Tell

Walking home in the unsteady night fragrant with stars, we stepped through fig mush and the sand wrack of yesterday’s high tide, arguing with the beach and maybe we pierced noisily through someone’s story, webbed ragged in this Quondamooka country, …

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The sand hangs in a suspended glaze in Abu Dhabi: a silicon horizon, washing down the sky in glaring white. Moted in it, the falcons spiral on dune thermals and salt thermals, and circling higher, the 737s scrape north. The …

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The Trilobite’s eyes were chipped calcite marvels that had a million years of ocular dominance and then vanished in a blink. Before the plexus of nerves, there were first lapidary conjunctions of a thousand eyes, polished and re-faceted to new …

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