Zarah Burgess

Zarah Burgess is a first-generation Australian writer of Indian and European ancestry. Her work considers themes of cultural identity, family and community. Drawing on her experience and training as a prose writer, her poetry often employs a narrative style. She currently resides in Perth, Western Australia, where she practices as a lawyer. She is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, holding degrees in law and arts.

Notes From a Sugar-Curled Messenger

Iris tells me about being a teenager in apartheid South Africa, 1970; she feeds me chicken curry and rice (my first home-cooked meal since arriving in Cape Town), and her fingers are playing with a tea towel as she talks, …

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