Kaya Ortiz

Kaya Ortiz is a queer Filipino poet of in/articulate identities and record-keeper of ancient histories. Kaya hails from the southern islands of Mindanao and Lutruwita/Tasmania and is obsessed with the fluidity of borders, memory and time. Their writing has appeared in Portside Review, Westerly, Australian Poetry Journal, Best of Australian Poems 2021 and After Australia (Affirm Press 2020), among others. Kaya lives and writes on unceded Whadjuk Noongar country, where their name means ‘hello’ in the Noongar language.

Self-insert Trek: Flashback

0. Self-insert as narrator: [ i cannot look you in the eye / tell the story without telling it ] i am in flight again: [ ] is a name unspoken: i am creating a home without boxes: [ ] …

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Naming Ceremony

i am named for the rain / in the old tongue / i am named for the river / on my great-grandfather’s land / i was plucked from the soil / like a seed brown and sprouting / in the …

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Only Heaven

Hozier playing when we climbed into the backseat of my car parked by the oval on Gay St – your idea, we laughed and perhaps I am naive for not seeing it coming, for missing it, turning to shut the …

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