The Race To Be 

I remember a Scientific American article circa 1980 something about the physiological ‘race to be male’. An exploratory piece about the in utero foetal development of us, and how we all start female. And some become male. Now it makes sense to use these words in this clinical context to describe a physiological process at…

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Then Present

He can’t recall  Stopping the Kingsie to let Toffs out to vomit He didn’t realise  Chriswas such an anxious kid  He loves this new comedian,  Billy Connelly What a talent, he says He thinks he knows  who James Dean was  And is sure  about Carey Grant And when he waves me  At the lift  He…

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The last removal day.

I’m at the Plaza. The place he proclaimed visitation with like an accomplishment: “i went to the Plaza”. The same intonation he has when he looks at me and says “my daughter”. Gloria Jeans and raisin toast make me feel like they are with me. Dad and Bill. Matching bonnets. Slightly different accents. Arguing about…

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Real Australians (un)Learn

What did we learn in our shit public high schools? It wasn’t all fun, but it was fun for sure. I remember crying with laughter, harassing teachers to the point of tears, wagging, smoking on the oval. I come from Bogan, I am Bogan, so I feel rightfully placed to tell my fellow Bogans this:…

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Bendigo

Today does not define My relationship with you –  Forty years of haphazard And chance encounters  Sums us up much better. Images of me inside  Your cultural belly. The Beechworth bakery,  Tulips in spring, Queer film festival, Second hand books. Motels and brown bricks, Road signs to Weeroona A footy oval. Trucks and holdens. Pottery.…

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What it is

It is: The frayed edges, The loose ties, The settled dust On unfinished …Stuff. It is the niggling, Other doubting, Ever present In the room. The unforgotten. It is the pillow That I place Over my face. It is the cotton Damp from tears, The pearls of fear, Around my neck. The sober fight. The longest…

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