Poems & Other Words

Interviews, readings & performances

ABC Radio National’s Earshot produced this feature on my 2017 book “Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold”.

Alice Allan interviewed me for the Verity La Poetry Podcast, in 2018.

Showreel for “Each Map of Scars”, a theatrical collaboration with Rachael Guy & Leonie Van Eyk.

Reading “What I have under my shirt” & “Mothers Day” at Chamber Poets, Woodend, 2015.

Poet’s Corner – a reading & discussion with David Ades, for WestWords Sydney, 2020.



Growing Up Disabled in Australia, ed. Carly Findlay, 2021.

Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry, ed. Cassandra Atherton & Paul Hetherington, 2020.

No News: 90 Poets Reflect on a Unique BBC Newscast, ed. Paul Munden, Alvin Pang & Shane Strange, 2020.

Giant Steps: Fifty Poets on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing and Beyond, ed. Paul Munden & Shane Strange, 2019.

To End All Wars, ed. Dael Allison, Anna Couani, Kit Kelen & Les Wicks, 2018.

Abstractions: Ten Poets, ed. Paul Munden & Shane Strange, 2018.

Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness & Pain, ed. Heather Taylor Johnson, 2017.

Notes for the Translators: from 142 New Zealand and Australian Poets, ed. Christopher (Kit) Kelen, 2012.


Poems (online, recent selection)

‘Unrecognised’ & ‘When a line of determined ants carries away my nail clippings’ – The Saturday Paper

‘Microbiome’ – Cordite Poetry Review

‘Blemished’, ‘Mutual Obligation’, & ‘Light which acts as a mask’ – Verity La / Disrupt

‘Becoming’ & ‘After being examined again’ – foam:e

‘Opening’ – Stylus Lit

‘Song not for you’ – Cordite Poetry Review

‘Disfigured fame’ – Deaf Poets Society

Poems of mine have also appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Grieve Anthology, The Canberra Times, Westerly, Southerly, Rabbit, Transnational Literature, Newcastle Poetry Prize anthologies, Softblow, The Australian, Island, Foglifter, Meniscus, Communion, Unusual Work, OzBurp, Regime, Fourteen Hills, Wordgathering, Right Now, Antipodes, Four W, Going Down Swinging, Famous Reporter, Mascara Literary Review, Medical Journal of Australia, Meanjin, The Age, Sun Herald, The Ghazal Page, Heat, Thylazine, LiNQ, Pendulum, Page Seventeen, Space New Writing, Harvest, Blue Dog, Divan, Hutt, Segue, Blue Pepper, Snorkel, Visible Ink, Verandah, Papertiger, Salt Lick Quarterly, and more.


Essays & Reviews

Why We Need an Australian Poet Laureate‘ – Arts Hub

‘Pain Speaking: Review of Kylie Maslen’s Show Me Where It Hurts‘ – Meanjin (forthcoming, 2021, print)

Staring at the Other: Seeing Defects in Recent Australian Poetry‘ – Critical Disability Discourses, Vol. 9

‘Unsettled Inhabitations: Bodily Difference in Poetry’ – chapter essay in Inhabitations: Creative Writing with Critical Theory, ed. Dominique Hecq & Julian Novitz

What’s It Like Inside a Monster’s Head: Review of Charlie Fox’s This Young Monster and Cordite Poetry’s ‘Monster’ issue‘ – Meanjin

Review of Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word – Cordite

Other reviews (and poems) in Cordite here.

Review of The Blind Man With The Lamp by Tasos Leivaditis – Mascara Literary Review

Free-Verse Bodies, or Is Poetry Deformed?‘ – Meanjin

Normal Land‘ – Southerly