Dimitra Harvey

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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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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Poetry as a form permits one the ability to see, touch, bend and examine the human experiences that we may find elusive. All of a sudden, the glances from others we would have otherwise missed, start to make sense. Haunted words that follow us our entire life begin to destruct. And a voice that belongs leaps out of the page and into the world, leaving a roadmap to follow.

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These Hills

that enclose my days, open up ahead, like a book. And I watch a ship on the sea’s blank page – a fugitive full stop – write itself into refracted light and vanish. Clouds blot and then tear across the …

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Judith Beveridge’s Twelve Highlights from 2014

Throughout 2014, Judith Beveridge selected one poem per month to spotlight in Cordite Poetry Review, and she delivered excellent choices … writing a bit to each selection. We have compiled them all here in one article. Enjoy!

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Feature Poem with Judith Beveridge: Calyptorhynchus funereus

I know bird poems have become almost a cliché in Australian poetry, but I have a great fondness for the topic and so I couldn’t resist Dimitra Harvey’s evocatively brocaded poem about yellow-tailed black cockatoos, Calyptorhynchus funereus. Astute observation is …

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