Stephen Smithyman

Stephen Smithyman is a retired school teacher, living in Melbourne. His poems have won numbers of awards and appeared in a range of publications, including Rabbit and Australian Poetry Journal. He won the Victorian Cancer Council Outstanding Poem award, 2011, Poetica Christi prize, 2013, and the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize, 2016. A collection of his poems is forthcoming from Ginninderra Press later this year.

Gathering the Rocks

When I think of you now, I see you in space with your arms full of rocks. It’s winter. The fields are bleached and bare. The rocks are brown – volcanic rocks, pitted and domed. They have to be just …

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