Ella Jeffery

Ella Jeffery's poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in Meanjin, Westerly, Cordite Poetry Review, Best Australian Poems and elsewhere. In 2017, she won the CAL Award for Best Poetry, the June Shenfield Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Val Vallis Award for Poetry. She is a doctoral candidate at QUT.

In the Former French Concession

I see them from my bedroom, pegged beside the neighbour’s smog-coloured slips, and on street corners in the black thatch of power lines: fish dried crisp, leaf-print bodies honed to bone, mined for eyes and eggs, scales and fins mixed …

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Crescent Road

Nobody comes here who is not lost or home. 3 pm: the hour of housecats whiskering across open-palmed backyards while cars shark up this hill much too fast. The road’s a double nothing: it splits into tarry hoops of cul-de-sacs …

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Buying Satin Dresses at Yu Garden

I buy them like fruit, my body still on the bike, one foot grounded. This one like a wedge of lime on my lip. Idiot machines clench these colours together in some grainy province, craft ravelled down to whatever thread’s …

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genius loci

god of wrong-coloured curtains we kept anyway god of the chlorine-poisoned geckoes and treefrogs in the filter box god of pale brown spiders that cruise humid cupboards empty shoes a sleep-warm bed god of cups exiled to drink up dust …

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A block of greasy light reaches me from the neighbour’s shed, settles on the desk. I browse the keyboard for words I have forgotten. I type ‘stitch’ and imagine skin. I copy down my steps all night in the cold …

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