Laura Leander Wilde

Laura Leander Wilde has a Chinese-Australian mother, a Dutch-Norwegian-Canadian-British-Australian father, and lives on Gadigal land. Her father says: ‘mother’s brains, father’s feet’. She also has her father’s knees, wrists, nose and words. Her translation of Latin verse won the University of Sydney Nicholson medal. She is writing a novel and poetry collection.

The River Merchant’s Daughter: A Letter

While I in sandpits sat, dug holes to China, Walked home from school, green backpack, shoulders bouncing, Penknife in hand, you’d pace the forest’s heart— Pick berries, dream revenge against the killers. We grew on separate, split by small sea-water, …

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