R A Briggs

Philosopher by day, poet by night, R A Briggs spent 10 years in Australia, but now lives in California. Their poems appear in a variety of venues, including Rattle, The Weekend Australian, Arc, Cordite, and Lavender Review. They are the author of Free Logic (University of Queensland Press 2011), Common Sexual Fantasies, Ruined (Cordite 2014), and (with collaborator Anna Zusman) Modern American Gods, Volumes I and II (self-published 2018).

Broken Dictionary

marriage (n.): longhand for merge meaning: two become one meaning: you. yew (genus Taxus): an evergreen with striking red berries. In a wide circle around it nothing can grow. circle ((x−h)^2 + (y−k)^2 = r^2): a special case of the …

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Rachael Briggs Reviews Maxine Beneba Clarke

nothing here needs fixingThe blurb at the back of the book touts nothing here needs fixing as ‘a stunning attack on the pretentious white male gits who see poetry as an exalted profession to keep away from those who are loud, black, female, happy, or even in possession of lives outside poetry.’

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Linen Closet

The two men snarl across the sheets, a Babel tangle. He runs his tongue along the weird word of his body. He wraps his skin in moans behind a stack of towels, forgets his name, digs down to where delight …

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Review Short: Jackson’s Lemon Oil

Lemon OilThe final poem in Lemon Oil, titled ‘The right metaphor’, combines the thesis of independence with the antithesis of loneliness to synthesise a new metaphor for love. Love, Jackson tells us, is not a chain, a cage, or a leash, but a long elastic cord that lets us fly free yet binds us to each other, ensuring that ‘there’s always/ a way home’. This tension between two desires (one for freedom, the other for closeness) is emblematic of the book as a whole.

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