Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Goodbye, Cruel (Pitt St Poetry, 2017) and Members Only (with artist Caren Florance, Recent Work Press, 2017). She is a former winner of the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for poetry and her work has been widely anthologised and translated into multiple languages. She is based in the ACT and was poetry editor of The Canberra Times from 2015 to 2017.

Only fair

It’s an injustice, be a girlfriend. Tomorrow is the last eight years, I’ve had to reduce every single girl. I’ll be annihilated and love to rot in my revenge against all these years of you. I’m the true alpha male. …

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2015 Val Vallis Winners

Winner: ‘Precedent‘ by Andrew Last That rare thing: a non-ponderous sonnet sequence full of surprising imagery, humour and light touches. The poet is obviously at home with the form, the way they vary stanzas and run meaning from one sonnet …

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Gora: A Hindi word that can mean both ‘white’ and ‘beauty’; also used to denote the British during and after the Raj. The daughters of India are burning Because below the skin you see is the skin you want The …

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