Jean Kent

Jean Kent grew up in rural Queensland and now lives at Lake Macquarie, NSW. Four collections of her poetry have been published. Awards she has won include the Anne Elder Prize, Dame Mary Gilmore Award and Wesley Michel Wright Prize for her books, and the Josephine Ulrick National Poetry Prize and the Somerset Prize for individual poems. Her most recent book is Travelling with the Wrong Phrasebooks (Pitt Street Poetry), which she completed during a residency at the Literature Board’s Keesing Studio, Paris, in 2011.

Under the Native Frangipani

Ambushed by bees, I’m stopped at my father’s favourite bivouac. While I’m bucketing water to save what’s lived on long after him, through a whirr like warplanes, drought shudders petals down. My father in the last foggy weather of his …

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