2023 Queensland Poetry Val Vallis Award Winners
Without prior consultation, this poem rose to the top of each of our shortlists; it was unquestionably our winner.
What We’re Not Going To Talk About
I. Mother The tv is too loud for me to talk over the top of after a day of teaching but it is a vexation to my mother’s spirit if I ask her to turn it off. Or even down. …
Fragments on the Myth of Cy Twombly
after Achilles Mourning the Death of Patroclus (1962) There’s no myth yet about his birth, except Lexington is a military town. Later: chariots, battles. His father was a White Sox pitcher. His father was an Italian ceramicist. Drafted into the …
Submission to Cordite 110: POP!
We want poems that POP! Think pop culture, pop art, pop music, popcorn, pop rocks. Poems in the shape of a soup can. Ghazals with Bieber Fever. Sonnets with square eyes. Give us bubblegum poems. Channel-surfing poems.
Anupama Pilbrow on as Reviews Editor
I’m honoured to announce that Anupama Pilbrow joined the Cordite Poetry Review Philippines Literature Editor.
Erika M Carreon on as Philippines Literature Editor
I’m honoured to announce that Erika M Carreon joined the Cordite Poetry Review Philippines Literature Editor.
Submission to Cordite 109: NO THEME 12
We are now up to one dozen issues where there is no theme.
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.
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 …
2022 Queensland Poetry Val Vallis Award Winners
Introducing the 2022 Queensland Poetry Val Vallis Prize winners.
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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, …
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 …
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.
Submission to Cordite 106: OPEN
For OPEN, we’re interested in doublings, triplicates etcetera, and/or play and suggestion.
Submission to Cordite 107: LIMINAL
Liminal and Cordite are seeking poems by Asian Australian writers.
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.
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.
[Slide 1] You will notice all the best workers in the world purport to be fisherman. [Slide 2] Back when I used to drink I used to die. [Slide 3] Not to be dramatic but flies come from nowhere. …
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 …