Michael Sharkey

Michael Sharkey's most recent collection of poems is Another Fine Morning in Paradise (Five Islands Press, 2012). Poems are featured on the Poetry Archive (UK), Poetry Foundation (USA) and lyrikline (Germany).

Review Short: Anne M. Carson’s Removing the Kimono

Every poem in Anne M. Carson’s collection is appealing on account of the distinctive cast of mind revealed in a precise language that registers the author’s alertness to all senses. Three groups of poems establish a pattern of mortality and rebirth, of natural forces and human emotions.

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Every Punter Wins a Prize

See how the Fates their gifts allot, For A is happy; B is not. —The Mikado At Maud Cahill’s bookshop I produce a list of books I’d sooner sell than keep on seeing on my shelves. It’s time that dust …

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Tales Out of School (2): A Gift for Teaching

The Guru, Mister Whatsup, Oblomov, The Sleeping Beaut, and Madame Lash and the Vampire Bat are ensconced in the Common Room when Mrs Ick Deen harrumphs in with the Pickled Dill and the Human Egg for the Weekly Discipline get-together …

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Tales Out of School (1): He Says, She Says

‘I’d like to know’, says the girl who intends to be married in autumn, ‘if heaven is true and it’s made up of people like us’. And she got married too. And the boy sitting next to her says, ‘I …

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A Double Abecedary on Tertiary Teaching

Academically speaking, teaching’s really spaz But who expects to make an impression when every Contact confirms your sense that your life is under a hex. Don’t give up yet though; for all you know, Education theorists may one day tumble …

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A.D. Malley: A New Ballade of the Words of Yesteryear

Opposite Sydney School of Arts the wowser slakes his shameful lust with the debauchees of gin and lime enchanted by their sirens’ wail. At length he slopes toward his bed with dreams of Lilith in his head. Where are the …

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