Nicole Melanson

Nicole Melanson Nicole Melanson has been awarded Australia Council grants in both poetry and fiction, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Island Nonfiction Prize. She also edits WordMothers, supporting women’s work in the literary arts. A native Bostonian and former Sydneysider, Nicole now lives in Brisbane with her husband and their five sons.

Ready or Not

Under the railway bridge, the creek smokes cattails. Sweat courses your clavicle like bubbles on a bottle of Coke. In your childhood kitchen, your father said, Marry a man who loves you like I love your mother. And you did— …

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