Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop has published two books of poetry, Event (2007, Salt Publishing) and Aftermarks (2011, Vagabond Press). Bishop won the Anne Elder award and was shortlisted for the CJ Dennis Prize, the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, and the ASAL Mary Gilmore Prize. She lives with her family in Sydney, Australia.

Judith Bishop Reviews Phillip Hall’s Fume

Phillip Hall’s Fume is rare for the raw, fresh force and integrity of experience that lies behind the poems. Fume was largely written during a period of five years (2011 – 2015) that Hall and his wife Jillian spent in Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria, where Hall worked as a sport and camp teacher in a role focused on activities for local Indigenous kids.

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Last night, after we saw you both, a thrush came to our sill. Wild for light – her eye striking at the glass – for a sea was at her side. She crouched as if to rest – then dived. …

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Fabliau of Arkansas

The farms came dressed in battered ends of harvest wheat, silver silos (four buttons to a sleeve), and at the neck, a brooch of cloud, alabaster over shadow. Two rivers reconnoitred at a town well known to both, and exchanged …

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The Fireworks Maker of Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri

Light suffuses these hills, ungraspable, consumed by corn and watermelon. Morning fog presses long contusions on the light. There are days, many days, I think it's not a human sustenance, this sun of empty hours, shafts leaching all it falls …

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