Frangipani

Frangipani

I see my grandfather’s bones in frangipani tree branches: incautious in their instinct to share, they loll green tongues of leaf, litter the pavement with blossoms where they are trodden, turn banana-skin brown. I see them floating in saucers, stuck in lapels, a...
2001

2001

In 2001 my stereo had a cassette deck and my bed as yet no sheets I woke with its diamonds pressed on my cheek and it felt like wealth something I’d paid for myself conducting surveys on phones yellowed like bone in a room full of monochrome screens Nelly...
Sydney v. Melbourne

Sydney v. Melbourne

After years in Melbourne with its arid design, its treeless streets ruled in straight lines I came home to a bodily place where even the ground undulates like the pleats of the Moreton Bay figs, unfurling like squid the air a soft brush, furred like a peach when it...
The King

The King

Like a king with legitimate and bastard offspring, pairings endowed with degrees of recognition, He hedges his bets; those who inherit the official functions not always his favourites. We exist in relation to power even if we choose exile, a new name, renounce all...
New Year, Luang Prabang

New Year, Luang Prabang

They packed up, sold their home, and free of everything they owned they built a place for butterflies outside Luang Prabang A handsome couple, Swedes or Danes; he sold the tickets and she ran the cafe. Business was slow, but they seemed to like it that way It was near...