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Submission to Cordite 108: DEDICATION

This issue asks for your devotions, your gestures of esteem and affection, your hot takes on the solemn and fanatical. It delights in submissions seeking abandonment and surrender to a goal or cause.

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Before You Go

The other night I had a dream about Esther being loved-up at a party with her ex. When I woke in the middle of night I thought something like life is a window through which I look which I thought …

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2022 Queensland Poetry Val Vallis Award Winners

Introducing the 2022 Queensland Poetry Val Vallis Prize winners.

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The Botanist

Moving on from the north in the new millennium, with rolls of film, a sure eye and a crate of seedlings, Veronica settled herself in Fitzroy; strewn with leaves shaped like Canada, and symbols of the eco conscious, bullied into …

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Aduantas

If dolphins could fly as good as they swim we’d experience things like dolphin shadows whenever we went to the ground to resolve our undone shoelaces. This absence, too, is a shape they don’t teach you at business school. You …

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James Jiang on as Literature Essays Editor

I’m honoured to announce that James Jiang will be taking up the helm of Literature Essays Editor for Cordite Poetry Review. His care, craft and academic nous is peerless. James Jiang is a writer, editor, and recovering academic based in …

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50% EOFY Sale

Get 50% off your whole order of Cordite Books titles (as supplies last, and with one copy per title).

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Rory Green on as Games Literature Editor

I’m honoured to announce that Rory Green will be taking up the helm of Games Literature Editor, and to finally get back to using the online space and capabilities more consistently than we have the past decade.

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Unsung

For Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert, 24 October 1956 to 13 July 2019. I think I might see you when I walk out this morning along the street we used to share. Winter is bleak in Kambera. Icy winds off the mountains, …

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Call me by true names

For Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert, 24 October 1956 to 13 July 2019. In this valley, generations of glistening gums reach skyward Roots reaching deep, Holding earth I imagine lying here Warmed by a fire Billy tea, some damper My dog and …

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KRG Poets Award 2022

In partnership with FNAWN, we are proud to publish the winning poems from the 2022 KRG Poets Award. The award honours the life and creative work of Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert.

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Submission to Cordite 106: OPEN

For OPEN, we’re interested in doublings, triplicates etcetera, and/or play and suggestion.

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Submission to Cordite 107: LIMINAL

Liminal and Cordite are seeking poems by Asian Australian writers.

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Submission to Cordite 105: NO THEME 11

We want poetry that is effusive and overwrought and hyperbolic and melancholic and sentimental and dark and cheesy and twisted, that pushes itself so far past the realm of good taste that it glides gleefully into ugliness.

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2021 Queensland Poetry Val Vallis Award Winners

Rich in imagery that is both vividly real and subtly symbolic, ‘Cicadas’ is a lyrical meditation on mortality, transformation and sustenance.

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How_to_be_the_best_worker_in_the_world.ppt

[Slide 1] You will notice all the best workers in the world purport to be fisherman[citation needed]. [Slide 2] Back when I used to drink I used to die. [Slide 3] Not to be dramatic but flies come from nowhere. …

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What is Wrong With the Date?

Go ask the white historians with their shrunken heads, grumbling in their dusty cabinets, or the great collective forgetting, go ask them, spinning in their moral outrage, go lay your hand on Endeavour’s wormy beams, that brought a freight of …

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Cicadas

Spring unrolled skies like runners of pink muslin, breezes steeped in honeycomb. Set out flowers in pastry blues and glacé reds; summer simmered at the season’s edge, began to smoke. That’s when I found their shells everywhere — like pods …

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Submission to Cordite 104: KIN

In becoming kin, we journey unbound across homelands, histories and generations.

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Submission to Cordite 103: AMBLE

Forthcoming …

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Submission to Cordite 102: GAME

A game is an environment navigated by apparent rules and structured by invisible rules. All of these (and the game) can be broken if you know where to look.

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Submission to Cordite 101: NO THEME 10

Images courtesy of Jeanine Leane and John Kinsella. From now, and throughout 2021, we’re celebrating 25 years of publishing. Milestones include the publication of Cordite Poetry Review’s 100th issue in February, Cordite Books’ 40th print title, and the new free …

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Winner and Commended Writers in the 2020 Queensland Poetry Festival Val Vallis Award

Helen Lucas has won the 2020 Queensland Poetry Festival Val Vallis Prize with ‘Heirloom’; Sarah Rice wins second prize with ‘My Time in Govie Housing Draws to a Close’ and Rae White wins the Highest Queensland entry for ‘The last …

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My Time in Govie Housing Draws to a Close

Most sit out front with no front teeth but lots of heart and smokes Their cars in many stages of undress I’d showed up with mum and dad (while I still had one) and a wheel chair They’d got sick …

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