An Astráil
Poetry from Australia & New Zealand.

Denise O’Hagan’s selection of poetry from the strongest voices in
Australia & New Zealand

Two Poems by Petra White

In these two intensely psychological and dreamlike works, Australian poet Petra White delves deep into the nature of love and memory, and the elusiveness of both.

One Poem by Emilie Collyer

Don’t be deceived by the gentle opening to this work by Australian poet and playwright Emilie Collyer, which toys with darker implications in an old photograph.

Two poems by Ivy Alvarez

New Zealand-based poet Ivy Alvarez draws us in with her edgy, sensual prose poetry weaved from an engagement with Filipino idiomatic expressions.

Three Poems by Mark Tredinnick

Australian poet Mark Tredinnick’s poetry is a nothing less than a hymn of gratitude to the natural world and a rare rhythmical treat!

One poem by Caoimhe McKeogh

The quiet power of this work by New Zealand poet Caoimhe McKeogh is a lesson in prose poetry – beautifully controlled language evoking the poignant image of a tune lost and found.

Two poems by Gail Ingram

New Zealand poet Gail Ingram teases and delights us with her vivid imagery and playfulness with words as she peels back layers of our culture, challenging us with her implications.

Two poems by Jena Woodhouse

Delve into the dark world of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch through these two evocative poems in the ekphrastic tradition by Australian poet Jena Woodhouse!

Two poems by Jules Leigh Koch

In our age of overblown expression, the chiselled lines and deliberate imagism of Australian poet Jules Leigh Koch are a real treat!

One poem by Kathryn Fry

See the poetry in scientific discovery through the discerning and tender eye of Australian poet Kathryn Fry!

One poem by Kit Willett

There is a wistfulness to this playful postmodern piece by New Zealand poet, Kit Willett, which will haunt you long after you’ve finished reading it!

Two Poems by Featured Poet, Judith Beveridge

Not for nothing is Judith Beveridge known as ‘one of Australia’s most gifted poets of both the natural and the human world’, as these two works amply demonstrate!

Two poems by Anne M Carson

These two compositions by Australian poet Anne M Carson are as sensual and precisely structured as the music that inspired them!

1 Poem by John Bartlett

History and a lingering sense of grief come together in this haunting work by Australian poet John Bartlett which delves into the enduring legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Two poems by Kimberly K Williams

Kimberly K Williams knows just how to hold up a mirror to the precise nature of her wonderment at nature, and we find ourselves immersed in her delicate reflections.

1 poem by John Robert Grogan

Let yourself be carried along by the lyricism and tightly packed melancholy of this villanelle by Irish-Australian poet, John Robert Grogan!

1 Poem by Geoff Page

Australian poet Geoff Page gives us pause in this wryly contemplative depiction of our demise in ages past, ‘before the age of masks’.

ONE POEM BY NICOLE SELLERS

City dwellers, this provocative poem by Nicole Sellers, with its ironic delivery and thickly packed images, will make you look twice at how you live your life!

A Poem by Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker conjures up seasonal melancholy with a languorous longing, and a sensitive rendering of its subtler aspects.

1 Poem By Rohan Buettel

Rohan Buettel’s light, at times wry, touch coupled with his sharp powers of observation make these haiku/senryu a delight for both the mind and the senses!

Two Poems by Alicia Sometimes

If ‘the poetry of science’ sounds like a contradiction in terms, immerse yourself in these works by Alicia Sometimes, in whose hands scientific discovery, amongst other things, becomes an apt subject for poetry.

Poetry by Wendy Dunn

Australian novelist and poet, Wendy J Dunn, lures you through a delicate poetic meditation on the nature of creativity, reminding us that each artistic creation is an act of courage.

Poetry by Geoffrey Forrester

Under the softly expert eye of Australian poet Geoffrey Forrester (Tug Dumbly), the simple ritual of a common haircut is delved into and its implications expanded in a way that cannot fail to delight!

A Poem By Brett Dionysius

Australian poet Brett Dionysius coaxes us back in time to the burial of a plant by an Ice Age squirrel, and how that plant may feel to be ‘woken’ from a 32,000-year-old sleep.

1 POEM BY FRASER MACKAY

Australian poet Fraser Mackay dances in the space between regret and speculation, expertly exploring the unsettled nature of relationships while leaving us with a lingering sense of hope.

2 poems by Daragh Byrne

Irish-born, Daragh Byrne has lived in Sydney for a decade. He writes informed by a longstanding meditation practice and his background in physics.

Poetry by Moya Pacey

Moya Pacey co-edits the on-line journal, 'Not Very Quiet'

2 poems by Amanda McLeod

Amanda McLeod is a Canberra-based writer and artist. Her debut flash fiction, Animal Behaviour (Chaffinch Press, 2020), came out on July 3 2020.

2 poems by emerging poet Georgina Ashworth

Emerging poet Georgina Ashworth was winner of the ECU’s Talus Prize in the poetry category (2017), she was also the judging panel’s favourite for the Yarra Libraries Receipt Poetry Competition, as part of the Digital Writers Festival (2019).

Poetry by Eugen Bacon

Eugen Bacon’s work has won, been shortlisted, longlisted or commended in national and international awards, including the Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, Australian Shadows Awards and Nommo Award for Speculative Fiction by Africans.

Poetry by Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts is a writer, critic and publisher, he co-edits the online journal Rochford Street Review and, with Linda Adair, runs Rochford Press.

Prose poetry by Rebecca Myers

Rebecca Myers is an Irish-born, New Zealand-based poet and playwright.

2 poems by Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball is the author of several published books of poetry and fiction, including High Wire Step (Flying Island Press, 2018) and Unreliable Narratives (Girls on Key Press, 2019). 

Poetry by Ian C Smith

Ian C Smith’s seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy (Ginninderra Press, 2015).  He writes in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, and on Flinders Island, Tasmania.

Poetry by Brenda Proudfoot

Brenda Proudfoot was a finalist in the Joanne Burns Microlit Award (2019), and two of her stories are shortlisted for the Microflix Writers Award (2020).

Poetry by Frankie McMillan

Frankie McMillan was winner of the New Zealand Poetry International competition (2009)

2 poems by Stephen Oliver

Stephen Oliver’s latest poetry collection is The Song of Globule / 80 Sonnets (Greywacke Press, 2020), and a chapbook, Heroides / 15 Sonnets (Puriri Press, 2020).

2 poems by Beth Spencer

Beth Spencer was winner of the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award (2018) for The Age of Fibs, Her books include Vagabondage (UWAP, 2014) and Things in a Glass Box (FIP, 1994).

2 poems by Helen Anderson

Helen Anderson is a past winner of the Auckland War Memorial Museum ‘Lest We Forget’ Poetry Competition. Her poetry arises from the people and environment of her beautiful, damaged and hopeful country.

2 poems by Laura Jan Shore

Laura Jan Shore won the Martha Richardson Poetry Prize (2012) and the FAW John Shaw Nielson Award (2009)

2 poems by Denise Teresa O’Hagan

Denise Teresa O’Hagan’s poetry is published in Fast Fibres Poetry Five (2018), Fresh Ink anthology (2017) and elsewhere.

2 new poems by Paul Williamson

Paul Williamson is author of five collections, including the recent Edge of Southern Bright (Ginninderra Press, 2017).

Hymns of Thanksgiving at the Existentialist Café – Phillip Hall

Phillip Hall’s publications include Sweetened in Coals (Ginninderra Press, 2014), Borroloola Class (IPSI, 2018), Fume (UWAP, 2018) and (as editor) Diwurruwurru: Poetry from the Gulf of Carpentaria (Blank Rune Press, 2015).

2 poems by Ben Hession

Ben Hession is a poet, reviewer and music journalist involved with community broadcasting.

3 poems by Rachel J Fenton

Rachel J Fenton’s upcoming chapbook is, ‘Beerstorming with Charlotte Brontë in New York’ it is forthcoming from Ethel Zine and Micro Press in 2021.

2 poems by Julie Manning

Julie Manning’s work was shortlisted in the Peter Porter Poetry Prize (2020) and longlisted in the VC International Poetry Prize (2019).

Abduction, a poem by Angela Costi

Angela Costi has published four collections of poetry including Honey and Salt (Five Islands Press, 2007) and Lost in Mid-Verse (Owl Publishing, 2014). 

2 Poems by Andrew Leggett

Andrew Leggett is the current prose editor for StylusLit, his poetry collections Dark Husk of Beauty (2006) and Old Time Religion and Other Poems (1998) were published by Interactive Press.

Poetry by Jacqui Malins

Jacqui Malins is a poet, performer, and co-founder of Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry events (Canberra). (Photo credit Zach Polis)

2 poems by Jilly O’Brien

Jilly O’Brien was finalist in the Monica Taylor International Poetry Competition, and highly commended in the Charles Causley International Poetry Competition (2020).

2 poems by Brent Cantwell

Brent Cantwell is a New Zealand-born, Queensland-based writer and high-school teacher.

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