Michelle Leber

Michelle Leber is a Melbourne poet. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Poems 2009 (Black Inc), The Age, Meanjin, high school texts, environmental bulletins and on trains. Her latest book, The Yellow Emperor, is published through Five Islands Press.

Changing the Names of the Past in the Years of Curious Habits

1. Melbourne, 1968 Except for thistle girl, we never questioned wiping up the hidden pools of urine from under someone else’s skirt. Mother Eucalypt’s voice, known as whip crack, pitched to scatter even the suggestion of ants. There was no …

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Near the Tree with Caretaker Roots

27th Century BCE, China Firmly bound Swathed In marmot skin My winter daughter Stiff as a branch Arranged upright In a vessel. Petals, scattered, Praiseworthy companions Thrown to brighten Her starless brow. Yet colourless, my emotion. A coursing grief Falls …

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The arrival of the monsoon

The arrival of the monsoon ― meant a town full of clean cars. but people kept buying imported water filling the damp winds with thirst and filling the rivers with empty bottles, floating by like dreams of escape parrots, dogs, …

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from ‘The Yellow Emperor Poems’

The arrival of the monsoon―

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