Lea McInerney

Lea McInerney’s poems have been published in Cordite Poetry Review, Southerly and Meanjin (forthcoming) and her essays have appeared in Griffith Review. In 2013, she was awarded a 12-month poetry mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors. She lives in Melbourne and works as a facilitator, planner and plain English specialist.

The Day After

Around the side veranda, just down from their bedroom window, she sits on the old stone step, leaning forward, arms folded across knees, head heavy on arms, face hidden. Her body shakes. The blue sheets from his bed hang on …

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Routine Transfer (Maternity Ward, 1983)

The woman whose baby died at birth sits in the wheelchair waiting for the lift, a drip in her arm. A nurse stands beside, in charge of drip stand and suitcase, her eyes on the woman’s grey face. She pictures …

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