Stephen Oliver

Stephen Oliver is the author of 17 volumes of poetry. Travelled extensively. Signed on with the radio ship The Voice of Peace broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa, Israel. Free-lanced as production voice, narrator, newsreader, radio producer, columnist, copy and feature writer, etc. Lived in Australia for 20 years. Currently living in NZ. His long narrative poem, Intercolonial, published by Puriri Press, Auckland, NZ (2013). A transtasman epic. His creative non-fiction and poems appear regularly in Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian and New Zealand Literature. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch and Russian. Forthcoming: poetry in Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, edited by Melissa Tuckey, University of Georgia Press, 2016.

Yellow Chevrons

An old story. Our hero wakes up disoriented in a strange and unfamiliar land. Rock strewn, treeless. He is amnesiac; expulsion from Eden is false memory. The Ruskinesque, quartz blaze of a fallen rock. Into his field of vision float …

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Letter to Peter Olds

I don't know much about the mechanical hawk ravaging doves, though multiple rapes performed by the machine we are witness to on a daily basis. 'We've both changed a bit,' you said on meeting – Peter, I take small consolation …

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One clump of dark green pine, in coal country, behind the escarpment; in a hollow, the other side of town, along the Great Western, furrows of coal-bits, drift of steam, state houses, scattered about like spilled boxes. One clump of …

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