Luke Patterson

Luke Patterson is a Gamilaroi poet, folklorist and musician living on Gadigal lands. His poetry has appeared in Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit, Running Dog and The Suburban Review. He has also featured in the anthologies Active Aesthetics, Firefront: first nation’s poetry and power today and Best of Australian Poems 2021. Luke is currently a Wheeler Center Next Chapter fellow and Sydney Review of Books Juncture fellow for 2022. His research and creative pursuits are grounded in extensive work with First Nations and other community-based organisations across Australia.


We came about this issue’s theme by dumping loved words into a shared document: nouns, verbs, phrases and onomatopoeia that stirred a shared love of intimacy with language, of play and tricksterism.

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Submission to Cordite 108: DEDICATION

This issue asks for your devotions, your gestures of esteem and affection, your hot takes on the solemn and fanatical. It delights in submissions seeking abandonment and surrender to a goal or cause.

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to the hum of a subaru 4×4 they invent an escape the uncles have it all planned criss-crossing old lines where that big serpent story slithers west a comic opera of black men a wallaby and a brolga and a …

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Double Brick Dream

late september sunday afternoon eucalyptus blossom roast lamb in the air I jimmy open the side gate smothered with heraldic wattle and passing through the sunlit thick yellow mottled in lorikeet and native hue here comes the fledgling message bringer …

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