Ursula Robinson-Shaw

Ursula Robinson-Shaw is a writer living in Naarm. Her work has appeared in Overland, Sydney Review of Books, Best of Australian Poems, Best New Zealand Poems, and elsewhere. She is co-director of sick leave.


THE END OF MY PUBLIC LIFE I always thought beauty was important. I always hated anecdotes. I only ever cared for power, how I might take it in my hand. I never want to write about my mother. I love …

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after Jane Bowles everywhere somewhere a woman complains in a supermarket but the gold in our sleep sustains us no body believes one bad thing can happen after another no body can be a dog in their own dream which …

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rocky headland of a bright live face, tender hooked throat this shaggy down these talons this crown of more or less erect feathers this address taut like a laundry line between substance and medium, trying to remember a poem you …

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meditations on taylor swift’s 2009 hit ‘mean’ to be sung to the tune of every hank williams song at once

forgive me — i have a meanness — a classic whisky-swilling gnarl like a cardboard cutout of bette davis at a bar once i sat at such a bar — in boston — and picked a fight with my cardboard …

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baby likes it when i get polemical i say stuff like torture’s bad but punching is good she’s like no that’s wrong so i can be the libertine letter home says : tram routes are astrology for melbourne if you …

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