Eva Birch

Eva Birch is the author of Megalodon (SOd press, 2019) and Pearl (Rabbit, forthcoming) and runs The Melbourne School of Literature.

Warm all week

thanks for telling me how to say hi and welcome in Bundjalung on my birthday jingi walla I kept it warm in my mouth all week jingi walla it was the only thing that I could say with all the …

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Eva Birch Reviews Foxstruck and Other Collisions by Shari Kocher

When I first read this book, I was taken aback by all the foxes, deer, and horses. These types of animals seemed cringy, stereotypical, Disney. Why isn’t she talking about kangaroos or koalas? I thought. Native animals have more weight, more depth, more inflections. After reading it again, I realised it was me being cringe, pretending as if colonisation didn’t happen, as if I wasn’t white—a little princess—as if I wasn’t really a person and I didn’t really exist.

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Red Scare

i. The little fascist in me is crushing that little flower, Earlier Me, who jumped the train gates illegally. My crotch was a hinge I couldn’t feel to get me through. Don’t tell anyone it touched the metal. Don’t daddy, …

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Gotta Eat

My colleague is feeding chopped up snakes to the snakes on the conveyor belt. Kind of insane, labour’s a redundancy, kindness really good insanity. Somewhere, the boss releases his spine for the first time. She picks up a fang and …

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The Last Time

i. I feel like me and Nic might still have sex I used to think Why? I Why? I… That little girl It goes Ran down the grassy hill Eluded by it, a snake A furthering bike stand It did …

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