Mona Zahra Attamimi

Mona Attamimi is Arab Indonesian. She lived as a child in Jakarta, Washington DC and Manila, before settling in Australia at age nine. Her poems have appeared in Southerly, Meanjin, Mascara Literary Review, Contemporary Asian Australian Poets Anthology, A Patch of Sun: Café Poets Anthology, Philament Journal. Besides poetry, she writes prose fiction, and has translated Indonesian poetry into English. Currently she lives in Sydney with her partner and daughter.

The Message

The towering blaze of a bonfire, thick as hair, wind-driven, flared and shone on the bruised Agame coins. The wind, the coins, the smoky fume woke the messenger as he drank wine and juggled twelve coins with ten fingers. He …

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: Myrrh

Pablo Neruda said this: It’s the words that sing, they soar and descend… I bow to them… I cling to them, I run them down, I bite into them, I melt them down. I love words so much… The unexpected …

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