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Akwesasne Lightning

An elephant more mammoth than a mammoth         (But hairless and with skin that's serpent smooth Shining like patent leather) has been brought         Into tow in a boarded-up box car.       …

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Portrait in Blue

Arlene Ang lives in Venice, Italy where she handles the Italian edition of Niederngasse (http://www.niederngasse.com). Her poetry has recently been published in Mississippi Review Online, Eclectica, Verse Libre Quarterly, Poetry Midwest and Red Booth Review. Stirring has recently nominated her poem, “House of Correction” for the 2004 Pushcart Prize.

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Kool notes, for you

i buy George Barker on flinders street and study the pink/blue cover in the half-dark. but thinking of you, not the cover, & then mixing them up, regardless … George is standing or leaning into the light, a fag in …

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perspex at noon

joanne burns is a sydney writer. her latest collection of poetry is 'footnotes of a hammock' [Five Islands Press 2004].

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ring

joanne burns is a sydney writer. her latest collection of poetry is 'footnotes of a hammock' [Five Islands Press 2004].

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story board

joanne burns is a sydney writer. her latest collection of poetry is 'footnotes of a hammock' [Five Islands Press 2004].

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Fossil

Louise Oxley lives in Hobart. Her poems have been published widely in Australian journals. Louise's first collection, Compound Eye, was published in the Five Islands Press New Poetry Series No.9 in 2003. It was commended in the Anne Elder awards for a first book of poetry. Recent prizes also include the Tom Collins Poetry Prize.

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On Studying the Traditional Form

Luke Beesley writes poetry and short fiction, and his work has been published widely in Australian newspapers and literary journals including ?´The
Australian Book Review', ?´The Australian' & ?´Southerly'. In 2004/2005 a suite of his poems will appear on the Brisbane City Council rates notice envelope, a public art commission from Brisbane Water. He is currently studying for an M.Phil (Creative Writing) at the University of Queensland. He lives in Brisbane.

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from Urban Truths

1. They ride in on the dot.com boom of Singapore. Their tri-level penthouse is superbly appointed. Perfect for entertaining. It's got both position and potential and, due to a built in custom made elevator, they never endure the terrible purgatory …

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after 1979

The way you want its lane-marking drum line not to end's like the first time you listen to Blur's Coffee & TV; bring on the highway, the hedonistic drawl of Corgan's limp wrist out the passenger-side window. For the tallish …

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spin

Nick Whittock lives in an ideal world where cricket reigns supreme.

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Reading Dana Gioia, Wrongly that Is

Ouyang Yu is a poet and novelist based in Melbourne, Australia; visit his website.

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