Ivy Alvarez

Ivy Alvarez is the author of The Everyday English Dictionary (London: Paekakariki Press, 2016), Hollywood Starlet (Chicago: dancing girl press), Disturbance (Wales: Seren, 2013) and Mortal. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work appears in many publications, including Best Australian Poems (2009 and 2013), with several poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. Born in Manila and raised in Tasmania, she lived many years in Wales before moving to New Zealand in 2014.

The Pastoralist Speaks

At the edge of the close-cropped lawn laps the drought, thirsty tongue all out. Every change of name pocks its mark. A scratch of smallpox on a survivor. The squatters clear a small place. A tongue licks dry lips. A …

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accretion to smuggle

(The Everyday English Dictionary)   secret: I have stolen things — bricks an old mortarboard handfuls of cement dust smuggled in my pockets   city: everyone and their cats and dogs the press of legs accretions of noise dirt smog …

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An urban dictionary: I

I pops my colla I pulled a boner I pity the fool I owned you I obliterate someone I pressed the button I plain just don't care about them I missed the part where that's my problem I remember Cecil …

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there’s only ever been two

in our eyes' dilatory dance our irises open admit missed steps faults it marks the corona every break is here dot dot dash your bones' brittle semaphore tattoo out how far you fell how much we have a third between …


That Second Heart

I cannot accept it. How can one be ready for this gift? My belly cannot curve to tightness, my skin cannot hold a drum (that second heart). I cannot accept it – limbs bursting buds. I cannot have the end …


Q&A with Nick Carbó

Nick Carbó is the author of three books of poetry, El Grupo McDonald's (1995), Secret Asian Man (2000), and Andalusian Dawn (2004), and the editor of three anthologies of Filipino and Filipino-American literature, Returning a Borrowed Tongue (1995), Babaylan (2000), …

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Q&A with Denise Duhamel

The first time I met Nick Carbó and Denise Duhamel was, by chance, in a setting appropriately domestic: the laundrette. I left them to their spin cycle and drip dry, but not before arranging to interview them (separately) in their …

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Postcard from Cardiff

I sought it here, I sought it there, I sought it everywhere. It is a sad, but true fact. There are no visible Internet cafes in Cardiff. So when I finally discovered a few terminals at Maccas in the Queen Street mall area, it was a dubious turn of events.

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Pauline Hanson

Pauline Hanson is science fiction Pauline Hanson is correct Pauline Hanson is science fiction by Ian Woolf Pauline Hanson is wrong Pauline Hanson is a warning that the betrayals by the old organisations of the working class Pauline Hanson is …

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Catalogue: Life As Tableware

accessorise with simple, elegant shapes choose muted bones, the subtle variations of sin harvested from the last century the alluring sparkle of toenails and teeth and the reflective qualities of glazed eyes mix well with hair shorn from a passive …

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