Louise Oxley

Louise Oxley lives in lutruwita/Tasmania. Her collections are Compound Eye (2003), commended in the Anne Elder Award, and Buoyancy (2008), shortlisted in the WA Premier’s Literary Awards. Louise’s poems have also won national awards, including the Bruce Dawe, Melbourne Poets Union and Shoalhaven poetry prizes. Her work appears in several Best Australian volumes and Contemporary Australian Poetry (Puncher and Wattman).


How like a flotilla of stalled parachutes is the canopy of this lone eucalypt, caught and agitated by a morning squall. Laden cumulus barge across the window, a flow field breaking brightly open, only to close again. Looks like the …

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The Bat Corridor

Or we could leave the house, the pressure of its walls and light, its hard words bumbling against the windows, and go down to the gully where the creek-bank collapses with the autumn rains, something you could fall for and …

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Louise Oxley lives in Hobart. Her poems have been published widely in Australian journals. Louise's first collection, Compound Eye, was published in the Five Islands Press New Poetry Series No.9 in 2003. It was commended in the Anne Elder awards for a first book of poetry. Recent prizes also include the Tom Collins Poetry Prize.

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