Philip Neilsen

Philip Neilsen’s sixth collection Wildlife of Berlin was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize in the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and selected as one of the four best poetry collections of the year by the Australian’s Review. He teaches poetry writing at the University of Queensland and is an assistant poetry editor for Overland.

Purple House − Maleny

It is a purple house in the shape of a shell or an ear, which is impossible, except this is someone able to hear the brain’s music. Her mountain home crouches where it can listen to the valley: undercurrents of …

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Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

During the conference I share a narrow college room with my ex-girlfriend, so we can go on to Germany together next. Since I last saw her she has climbed Ben Nevis, bought a BSA Regal, got an editor’s job in …

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Crows are clever. They use sticks as tools, speak non-idiomatic French, start but do not finish cryptic crosswords. Crows were the first to wear black to book launches, to peck at wine while avoiding a rival. A crow is watching …

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