Shastra Deo

Shastra Deo was born in Fiji, raised in Melbourne, and lives in Brisbane. Her first book, The Agonist (UQP 2017), won the 2016 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the 2018 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Her second book, The Exclusion Zone, is forthcoming from University of Queensland Press in 2023.


Find a centuries-old oak. To walk there will be slow work. Listen. Kill three wolves. There will always be wolves. Kill the man who wears a wolf pelt on his back. Enter the cave mouth and follow the flooded dirt …

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Love Carefully

Studies have been done on the impulse found within children to wave off morning trains south bound to elsewhere goodbye, you were here for only a moment, and by noon we’ll have forgotten you, goodbye, goodbye I want to know …

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Concerning Divination (2)

For most of my life I’ve been right about omens. Salt, ravens. Red skies at morning. Rocks thrown against the wind. A six pack ring found in the vicinity of a sparrow’s nest suggests three loves before marriage. A robin’s …

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गुम; or, Lexical Gaps

सपना /sapna/ My dreams, in colour. My skin drips melanin and no one tells me I have a beautiful name. I have no country of origin and I cannot be accused of being articulate. याद /yaad/ My childhood, remembered: mouths …

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