Phillip Hall

Phillip Hall is a poet and essayist. He lives in Melbourne’s Sunshine where he is a passionate member of the Western Bulldogs Football Club. His publications include Sweetened in Coals (Ginninderra Press), Borroloola Class (International Poetry Studies Institute, Canberra University) and (as editor) Diwurruwurru: Poetry from the Gulf of Carpentaria (Blank Rune Press). His poetry, reviews and essays have appeared regularly in such places as Best Australian Poems, Cordite Poetry Review, Plumwood Mountain, Southerly, Verity La, Westerly. Fume is to be published by UWAP.

Dystopian Empire

Gossip spot-fires in Borroloola’s Big Camp, excitement incites The Gravel, at Malandari, shopkeepers look up from their stocktaking and the whitefulla foreskins forget their power: dem people fightin’! twobula bardibardi ini dirt an dem whitefullas can’t stop’em… The grey nomad …

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Borroloola Blue

All around our steel home’s broad bull-nosed veranda we’d jack-hammered rock, dug garden beds and ponds, fenced an oasis as we planned for shade, blossoms, wildlife and fruit. Amongst the natives we’d cultivated paw paws, frangipanis, mangoes, bananas … Security …

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