KA Rees

KA Rees lives in Sydney. Her poems and short stories have been published by Australian Poetry, Cordite Poetry Review, Margaret River Press, Not Very Quiet, Review of Australian Fiction, Overland and Yalobusha Review, among others. She spent a year at the State Library of NSW as their Café Poet in residence and was shortlisted for the 2016 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. She was awarded the 2017 Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction from the University of Mississippi and is a 2019 Varuna fellowship holder for her manuscript of short fiction.


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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