Erin Shiel

Erin Shiel has had poems published in Meanjin, Cordite and Australian Love Poems. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the University of Canberra VC Poetry Prize. She is writing her first collection.

In Patricia Piccinini’s Workshop

It is late and she knows she should be home already as they were expecting her for an early dinner. Her car keys are in her hand but feeling the draught from under the workshop door she turns back, expecting …

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The chandelier of the garden is the magnolia. Bare elegant arms stretch to hold the lights. Finial not above like a waiting weapon but rooted in earth. Each cupped hand holds a pale green bobeche with a bulb not yet …

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When the Wind Stopped

I read somewhere that the words ‘ekphrasis’ and ‘ekphrastic’ had at one stage a reference only in the Oxford dictionary, but nowadays these words are very much part of poets’ vocabularies and practices and most poets at some stage write …

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