Holly Isemonger

Holly Isemonger was the joint winner of the 2016 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize. She is the author of the chapbook Hip Shifts (If A Leaf Falls Press) and Deluxe Paperweight. She can be found at and tweets as @hisemonger.


when did summer? why is this person? how do tropes arrive in bed and why is sweat on me? pores expand to swallow intimacies your skin forgot or is it my skin, or can you please come here and think, …

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When people say ‘difficult’ and ‘poetry’ in the same sentence they are usually referring to the experience of reading a certain type of poem.

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Submission to Cordite 87: DIFFICULT

Poetry for Cordite 87: DIFFICULT is guest-edited by Oscar Schwartz and Holly Isemonger. Says Holly: Poems can be spiky, sassy, cutting and frustrating – difficulty is built into how we perceive them. Probably as a result of schooling – a …

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Sad Witch Psalms

Rites for Ca$h Act like a snobby Bruce.     Surf At Tamarama. Stop smoking billies & instead bleach some coral. Trademark your table top, your kitchen and a poem. Kirribilli is waiting.           O austerity         plebeians be gone! Virility Vinyasa The beautiful …

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Pornography involves an abstraction of human intercourse in which the self is reduced to its formal elements. — Angela Carter The day before we move in together I’m reading Joan Didion in your bed, which is now ours I guess. …

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