Author Archives: Vera

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blouse button black thread lock up the alter ego sign repatriation papers with life’s purgatory re-pot the dandelion water the peace-lily push the waste-bins out leave the empty recycling-can fold the week’s laundry reorganise the mind’s drawers call your mother charge the mobile-phone clean the bathroom-mirror love yourself wipe down the pieces of your personality […]

The Gallery of Sin

Clarity is rarely expected A relaxed focus A pattern out of Pale constellation Provocative Understanding I would never ask you to Explain it away What astonishes me is our ignorance Of our will to delude ourselves * * Again I realise how reality Confounds our picture gallery (The one who says we could Make one […]


The old letters. A slender pile bound with a raffia string. Where expressions are droll and careful. The quiet discourse. The slant of the night-lamp across the page. I, writing with an exploratory hand. You, answering my movements as nobody else ever had. Where the hours are small, I am at home, the crickets listing […]


The wind breathing its bushfire breath Hour upon hour outside the window The starting and starting And again starting of a new letter The shape of emotions coursing through, then retreating from, The lines over and over, as A tributary sucks from and pours into A river its cloudy turmoil The inward labouring of fear […]


I guess you are reading this poem at the kitchen table the hanging lamp sprinkling a little glow over your head and the window blackened in the gently breathing house descended into quiet long past midnight. I guess you are reading this poem in an ancient tavern that hasn’t changed for as long as you […]

essay on poetry

i was reflecting last night; i mean i was being reflected upon my bedroom window looking out on the white silence while sipping on warmed-up milk funny how i’d rarely colour sounds unless i am feeling corrupt or sexy then it occurred to me how difficult it is to hide from you not that i […]

Dear One

I do not rest dear one I steep stillness in noise dear one I am running dear one I dart like a doe with my fears dear one There is an absence of day and night dear one I am in a kind of everlasting jetlag dear one The sky is less funny these days […]