Dimitra Harvey

Dimitra Harvey was born in Sydney to a Greek mother and grew up on Wangal country. Her poetry chapbook, A Fistful of Hail, was published by Vagabond Press in 2018. Her writing has appeared in Meanjin, Southerly, Cordite, SBS Voices, and Mascara Literary Review, as well as anthologies such as The Best Australian Poems. In 2019, her poem ‘Triptych’ won third place in the Newcastle Poetry Prize.


Spring unrolled skies like runners of pink muslin, breezes steeped in honeycomb. Set out flowers in pastry blues and glacé reds; summer simmered at the season’s edge, began to smoke. That’s when I found their shells everywhere — like pods …

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These Hills

that enclose my days, open up ahead, like a book. And I watch a ship on the sea’s blank page – a fugitive full stop – write itself into refracted light and vanish. Clouds blot and then tear across the …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: Calyptorhynchus funereus

I know bird poems have become almost a cliché in Australian poetry, but I have a great fondness for the topic and so I couldn’t resist Dimitra Harvey’s evocatively brocaded poem about yellow-tailed black cockatoos, Calyptorhynchus funereus. Astute observation is …

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