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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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The last tourist

For the birds at Tangalooma, Moorgumpin (Moreton Island) White-bellied sea eagle it was a sight to sea me, bird of pray nip cormorant neck n yank clean off, blood flushing beige sand red, her wedding dress now russet as screams …

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Heirloom

I My mother knitted and stitched her self into history her handwork a primary source soft proof of a life the silk nightie French seamed with an applique neckline my infant bonnet wedding dress a fancy laced bib for my …

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Submission to Cordite 100: BROWNFACE

The brownface caricature of Jonah Takalua – as created and played by comedian Chris Lilley in the television show Jonah from Tonga – has been haunting Australia for twelve years.

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Submission to Cordite 97: PROPAGANDA

Information can be propagated to divide or to unite. It doesn’t have to lie, it doesn’t even have to frame the truth.

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Elena Gomez on as Reviews Editor

I’m honoured to announce that Elena Gomez will be taking up the helm of Reviews Editor.

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Brendan Casey on as Cordite Scholarly Editor

I’m honoured to announce that Brendan Casey will be taking up the helm of Cordite Scholarly Editor. Casey is a doctoral candidate in the English and Theatre Studies program, University of Melbourne, researching Australian poetry and fiction through a postnational …

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Submission to Cordite 96: NO THEME IX

No theme, no rules, except for one: send us your best poems.

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2019 Val Vallis Poetry Award Winner

Damen O’Brien is the winner and the runner up to the 2019 Val Vallis Poetry Award, managed by our longtime partner, Queensland Poetry Festival.

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Bezoar

Every day a beetle has its bowl of grass. Every day a nip of mouse is pursed up in the articulated ribs of an Eastern Brown. For each breaking of a Heron’s fast: a nail of Perch headfirst gulleted and …

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Ice and Glass

You will be out of reach upon a wafer shelf of ice, crabbing through dreams with bent knees, while the ice snaps and smokes like a fragile simile. But this has not happened yet. You sit with me, sketching out …

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Submission to Cordite 94: EARTH

Why EARTH? Because we are of it, because we are destroying it, because there is nowhere else.

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Submission to Cordite 93: PEACH

A ripe peach may seem the embodiment of the good life, but in this issue, PEACH also stands for the bitterness of brutality as well as the richness of resistance.

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Submission to Cordite 92: NO THEME VIII

I’m looking for work ‘with head, heart and guts,’ as Bei Dao says.

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Bella Li on as Associate Publisher

I’m honoured to announce that Bella Li will be joining Cordite Books as Associate Publisher. There is much activity with the books, and her masterful eye, publishing nous, and creativity will be a welcome and necessary addition.

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Alex Creece on as Production Editor

I’m honoured to announce that Alex Creece is joining the Cordite Poetry Review fold as Production Editor, joining us from her time in the Cordite / Monash University Summer Term Internship Program.

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Submission to Cordite 91: MONSTER

Kanye West said it himself – everybody knows – then Nicki Minaj out-rapped him … then Nicki Minaj vs Cardi B. Give me monster feuds and battles. Give me Conor McGregor attacking a bus. Give me monsters in the Oval …

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Garcon-Mills on as Indigenous Engagement Editor and Guide for Indigenous Editing and Writing

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