Gayelene Carbis

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.

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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. …

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What I Saw

I didn’t see the helicopter hovering didn’t see it had stopped didn’t see the police at the end of the pier or the small boat in the sea didn’t see one policewoman stood there for a reason a barrier to …

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