KA Rees

KA Rees writes poetry and short fiction. Her poems have been included in Australian Poetry, Cordite Poetry Review, Not Very Quiet, by Red Room Poetry, Sky Island Journal, and in Spineless Wonders anthologies, among others. In 2019 Kate was awarded Varuna fellowship for her manuscript of short fiction and was the national winner of the joanne burns Microlit Award. In 2021 she was awarded a residency at the Sydney Observatory, where she wrote nocturnes under the southern night sky. Her collection Come the Bones was published with Flying Island as a pocket book of poetry (2021).

Running Out of Air

After Bertolt Brecht From the cities we escape in vehicles laden, but quickly abandon them On highways and back roads leaving doors open and keys in ignitions. We take That which we can carry— babies, animals, their wide eyes questioning …

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dust of stars

you wake. your whole body thirsts yourskin is thirsty, the skin on your face thirsts, and it rains as if you are awindow and rain just bounces off your edges runs down your pane and you are holding it out …

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I There’s dust and black plastic instead of beach, the curled tongues of lizards washed up bubbles of air—the ticking shoreline. Some beads like scattered rosaries. There are diminutive shadows shaped as organs lying next to stars. Here, a heart …

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We Make Lemons

after Allen Ginsberg You keep your dark light in jars of Vegemite, I keep my chest air in cans of lemonade and only breathe it / in super markets. Aisles of tinned goods, sugared cereal boxes wrapped in all the …

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Etch A Sketch

I We found it. The house, down a jagged unpaved road the owner recently widowed coughed her warning: The peacock comes with the house lit the freshburn her next cigarette—floral nighty open to a tongue of breeze. We took it. …

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