Venie Prize Year: 2017

Death of the Gardener by Gary Smith

(after the death of a Melbourne woman, out gardening in strong winds) We always wondered what it would take to stop you, greenthumb obsessed from going out there, rubber-gloved to get down dirty with your fertile friends: the azaleas, bottlebrush, bougainvillea et al. What could not wait the storm’s slow

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Transgression of the Trees by Jeff Guess

after a now lost avenue of Southern blue gums for roadworks (Eucalyptus leucoxylon) all many hundreds of years old In places the road through the valley is complicated by blue gum blossom. There is no forest in its falling here- it clogs the bitumen with all its best intensity car

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How We Get Through Accidentally by Geraldine Burrowes

like mammoths in tar most of the universe is missing dark matter and noble gasses keep it from falling apart lines of liquid in full solar glare detect soft -ware the data so far doesn’t check who set it off won’t matter two hearts balanced on surfboards white skiffs glide

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Black Swan Polyptych by Stuart Barnes

I am still The black swan of trespass on alien waters. —Ern Malley, ‘Dürer: Innsbruck, 1495’ One percolates java. A season burns. The other spoons ant after exciting banded sugar ant onto windowsill. Subaru fulcrum, The Weekend Australian, newsagent’s ‘’Ow’re youse?’ Not unnerving oestral ewes, the lovers whoop over Language’s

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Painting Trees at Valla by Brian Purcell

By chance they rise from the dull green floor dappled, pulsating columns uninterested in my measuring gaze their stray arches lowering beneath Autumn’s bright blue dome How can I paint a leaf when bunches of leaves pulsate like cicadas in the sun’s full heat? While I paint they shrivel, burn

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Journey, the South Coast by Mark Miller

1 This Estuary This morning the mist comes apart before me, like fabric, like ashes – revealing at low tide the craters in sand left by night-anglers pumping for bait sea-wrack and bottle-caps, necklaces of purple sea-grapes, bluebottles and ribboned weed and like part of an old bicycle tyre twisted

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Other News

Do With Su

I am very excited about the launch of Do with Su on the Holmgren Hub. It is a culmination of a long process for my partner in love and livelihood to share her skills, passion and wisdom with a wider audience.

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